Over the past six months, a diverse group of stakeholders worked together to develop the Draft Model Legislation for minimum post-consumer recycled content requirements in glass food and beverage containers and fiberglass insulation.  The Model Legislation is intended for legislators to use as a common starting point to develop legislation requiring the use of post-consumer recycled glass in the specified products sold in their states.

The main goals of the Model legislation are to incentivize the markets for recycled glass, improve the economics of recovering rather than disposing of valuable material, and reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.  The Model Legislation promotes the expanded use of post-consumer recycled glass in manufacturing new products, motivates further development of markets for post-consumer recycled glass, and reduces discarded glass disposed of as waste.

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) convened the Model Legislation Work Group of 60+ members and the consensus based process to develop the Model Legislation.  Work Group members included:

  • Brands
  • Glass Container Manufacturers
  • Fiberglass Insulation Manufacturers
  • Glass Recyclers/Beneficiators
  • Industry Associations
  • Distributors/Retailers
  • Haulers/Material Recycling Facility Operators
  • State Environmental Agencies
  • State Recycling Organizations
  • Environmental Advocacy Groups

The Draft Model Legislation does not necessarily represent the views of individual work group members.

The Work Group Chairs that led the multi-stakeholder discussions included government and industry—Chris Nelson, Supervising Environmental Analyst of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection; and Stephen Burm, Director of State Government Affairs at Anheuser-Busch with technical assistance from Ed Ferguson, Director of Sustainability at Anheuser-Busch.

You are invited to submit comments on the Draft Glass Minimum Post-Consumer Recycled Content Model Legislation. The public comment period for the Draft Model Legislation is open until November 11, midnight eastern. A webinar will be held on November 3, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. eastern to walk through the Draft Model Legislation and to answer questions.

For more information, visit www.nerc.org.