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GMIC Symposium


2011 Glass & Optical Materials Division Spring Meeting


Glass Recycling in America – Challenges and Opportunities

May 19, 2011, Savannah, GA
Presented by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council


Symposium Description  
Glass Recycling in America has achieved only a fraction of its potential. Glass is the only common product material with an endless life cycle, yet most glass in the U.S. is not reused. Barriers to a more robust recycling utilization include both technical and economic barriers. Many constituents have an interest in the state of glass recycling, including city and state governments, waste processors, glass industry suppliers as well as glass manufacturers. This symposium brings all stakeholders together for the common purpose of understanding how to achieve a more robust and successful recycling of glass in America.



GMIC members receive a discount on registration fees. Please utilize your member discount code when registering to receive the discount. Access your member discount code from your GMIC representative or from GMIC. Contact Donna Ransom at (614) 523-3033.


On or Before

April 15, 2011


April 15, 2011

GMIC Member: Glass Recycling $345 $395
GMIC Nonmember: Glass Recycling $395 $445



Thursday, May 19, 2011  
7-8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8-8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks – Kenneth Lovejoy
Objectives: Overview of educational objectives. Review of conference logistics. Acknowledgment of participants and sponsors.
8:15-8:45 a.m. Higher Societal Value of Glass Recycling – PE Americas Representative
Objectives: Demonstrate the full life cycle of glass. Make the case that remelting glass back into glass products provides the highest net sum benefit to the community.
8:45-9 a.m. Questions & Answers
9-9:30 a.m. Understanding the True Valuation of Cullet – Paul J. Smith and Peter Walters
Objectives: Understand the risks glass companies take using cullet currently and the dramatic economic penalties that arise from poor quality. Review all variables that are included in the value calculation.
9:30-9:45 a.m. Questions & Answers
9:45-10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15-10:45 a.m. An Industry System for Quality Measurement – Kathleen Flight
Objectives: Define essential quality measurements and their impact on volumes.
10:45-11 a.m. Questions & Answers
11-11:30 a.m. Modern Technologies for Cullet Processing – BT-Wolfgang Binder Representative
Objectives: Survey of current best practices and innovations in cullet processing.
11:30-11:45 a.m. Questions & Answers
11:45-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:30 p.m. State Government Perspective on Glass Recycling – Panel Discussion: Gloria Hardegree, Scott Mouw and and Frank Killoran, Moderated by Daniel K. Steen
Objectives: Define the role of government in recycling. Indicate perspectives of all interested participants and constituents.
1:30-2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion – All Faculty plus Bill Waltz, Curtis Bucey, David Hudson and Representatives from other cullet processors, Moderated by Kenneth Lovejoy
Objectives: Discuss all opportunities and challenges of glass recycling from the perspectives of all constituents.
2:15-2:30 p.m. Symposium Closing Remarks – Kenneth Lovejoy
Objectives: Review what has been learned. Indicate next steps for industry to take. Acknowledge participants.
2:30 p.m. Symposium Concludes


Confirmed Faculty
  • Kenneth Lovejoy – VP, Environment, Health & Safety, Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Paul J. Smith – Global Sourcing Manager – Cullet, Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc.
  • Peter Walters – Vice President, Purchasing and Distribution, Saint-Gobain Containers
  • Kathleen Flight – Manager of Cullet and Recycling Procurement, Saint-Gobain Containers
  • Daniel K. Steen – Vice President, Government Affairs, Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Gloria Hardegree – Executive Director Georgia Recycling Coalition
  • Scott Mouw – North Carolina State Recycling Program Director
  • Frank Killoran – National Business Development Manager, Pratt Industries, Inc.
  • Bill Waltz – President and CEO, Strategic Materials
  • Curtis Bucey – President and COO, Strategic Materials
  • David Hudson – Vice President Government Affairs, Strategic Materials


Program Committee  
  • Kenneth Lovejoy, Program Committee Chairman
  • Paul J. Smith
  • Ernest P. Guter, Research Associate, Glass Batch & Melting Technology, Owens Corning
  • Daniel K. Steen
  • Peter Walters
  • Joseph Cattaneo, President, Glass Packaging Institute
  • Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Executive Director, GMIC


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