[GRRN] Correction on glass

Tue, 25 May 1999 12:56:47 EDT

A common misconception is that the use of glass bottles is declining (see
Michele Raymond's missive as an example). In fact, domestic glass container
production, after a slow downward slide in the 1980s and early '90s, has
actually rebounded a bit (up about 3 percent this year). Glass holds a
strong postion in some products (beer for at-home or at-premise consumption,
wine, liquor, some "New Age" beverages, relish, etc.). Yes, plastic and
metal hold a dominant position in other markets, such as soft drinks, and are
growing faster than glass, but glass is a fairly mature, stable industry that
will be here for a long time.

Jerry Powell
Container Recycling Update