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August 2009
Packaging: Wine Bottle Recycling to Wash and Reuse Bottles in California
Venture to be only in U.S. producing reused, refillable wine bottles
by Cyril Penn
While there are more than 300 million cases of wine sold in the U.S. each year, virtually none of those bottles is reused. An increasing number are recycled, but most--EPA has estimated 70 percent--end up in landfills. Wineries in California fill some 250 million cases of wine a year at an average cost of roughly $6 per case or $1.5 billion a year. Wine bottle production is also a major contributor to a winery's carbon footprint. One group estimates that wine bottle manufacturing generates 60 p...
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