Allan Gerlat, News Editor

December 16, 2013

1 Min Read
Owens-Illinois, eCullet Open Glass Recycling Plant In Oregon

Owens-Illinois Inc. (O-I) and eCullet Inc. have opened a news glass recycling facility in Portland, Ore., as a joint venture.

The Glass to Glass facility will supply glass to the Perrysburg, Ohio-based O-I’s plant nearby in Portland, according to a news release. Palo Alto, Calif.-based eCullet is a technology-based recycled glass processing company.

The joint venture chose Portland in part because it offers a steady stream of high-quality glass as a result of the Oregon Container Deposit program. The facility also will process glass from Washington.

The two companies formed the joint venture earlier this year and began construction of the facility in June. The plant will employ 15.

“This new facility will help us reduce our use of virgin raw materials, lowering our overall environmental impact,” said Pedro Tchmola, manager of O-I’s Portland plant.

O-I’s Portland plant produces more than 1 million bottles per day, primarily beer bottles for local microbreweries.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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