15 Jun '11, 5pm

Fact of the Day: Americans purchase more than 300M cases of wine annually. What happens to all those empty bottles?

Fact of the Day: Americans purchase more than 300M cases of wine annually. What happens to all those empty bottles?

Northern Calif. company Wine Bottle Renew collects unwanted wine bottles from wineries and manufacturers and sorts, sterilizes and repackages them to sell back to wineries. Photo: Wine Bottle Renew Find your local recycling solution for glass The U.S. wine industry estimates that Americans purchase more than 300 million cases of wine annually, but what happens to all those empty wine bottles? With the EPA-estimated national recycling rate for wine bottles at only 30 percent, a new company in northern Calif. wants to go beyond recycling and promote reuse – by washing old wine bottles and selling them back to wineries. READ: Dos and Don’ts of Glass Recycling Opening for business in March, Wine Bottle Renew collects empty bottles from winery tasting rooms, as well as bottles that would otherwise be discarded from manufacturers, such as overstock or extra bottles. The company ...

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