Recycling contest for students kicks off

The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) is sponsoring its second annual YouTube video competition as part of Recycle Glass Week in September. Students are asked to create a 30-second YouTube video about the benefits of glass container recycling for a chance to win $2,000, $1,000 or $500 (for first, second or third place, respectively).

All full-time students (applies to students who are currently enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students in U.S. universities and have completed 12 credit hours or more of courses) are eligible to submit videos for the competition.

Videos will be judged on originality and creativity, communicating the “glass message,” and production technique and value. Videos must be submitted by noon EDT on Aug. 21. Winners will be announced on the GPI Web site during Recycle Glass Week, Sept. 21-27.

“By creating awareness and encouraging more people to recycle all forms of packaging, including glass containers, we can save energy and our planet,” said Joseph Cattaneo, president of the Glass Packaging Institute. “When you recycle glass bottles and jars, you help to reduce the amount of recyclable materials entering landfills and create a ‘greener’ future.”

During Recycle Glass Week, GPI and its member companies will also hold nationwide glass recycling-related activities; provide consumers with information and opportunities to hold their own recycling events; virtually announce the winners of its 2009 Clear Choice Awards; and recognize “Friends of Glass,” those companies, organizations, and/or persons who recycle glass or promote the recycling of glass as one way to better the environment.

“Glass is 100 percent recyclable in a closed-loop system and the use of recycled glass is a critical part of the manufacture of cradle-to-cradle glass containers,” said Cattaneo. “By spreading the word about the benefits of glass container recycling, we hope to increase the amount of quality cullet for the manufacture of new bottles and jars and continue to improve our environmental footprint.”

A group of four Michigan State University students won the first Recycle Glass YouTube Competition in 2008.

For more information on upcoming Recycle Glass Week activities and events, please go to www.gpi.org or http://www.gpi.org/recycle-glass-week/.