Environment

We are working in many ways to reduce the carbon footprint we are leaving for our future generations by reducing demand for energy and lowering emissions through recycling and sustainable practices; glass packaging helps preserve the planet.

We stock over 75 light-weighted bottles that use less energy and raw materials to produce.  
  • All glass is 100% recyclable
  • Today's glass containers are up to 40% lighter than they were 30 years ago.
  • Light weighted loads can contain an extra 2 pallets per truck or require less fuel for the same number of pallets!
  • Glass factories include more recycled glass cullet than ever in the manufacturing process.
  • All of our boxes and partition are 100% recyclable.
  • We recycle all of our out dated, over aged and damaged glass and corrugated.
  • We recycle all of our plastic shrink wrap materials.
  • Most of our boxes are made from recycled corrugated.
  • Our tractor trailers are some of the most fuel efficient models available
  • We coordinate deliveries to reduce the amount of time a truck is on the road- reducing fuel emissions and energy consumption.

We strive to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption by:
  • Ordering a majority of our products from the United States
  • Coordinating our shipments from Europe to maximize cargo space, reducing the number of times the ships travel across the ocean.
  • Coordinating our local and long haul deliveries thus reducing the number of trucks traveling the highways as well as the hours spent on the road.


As Waterloo Container is a distributor, we rely on our manufacturing partners to provide up-to-date information about their  Environmental Impact and Sustainability Practices.  Our top two glass manufacturers hold 2019 Gold Level Certification by Eco Vadis.  Our top three manufacturers are ISO 14001 and all of our preferred glass providers (domestic and European) provide sustainability, or corporate social responsibility reports available to the public.

For More Informaiton See:
Recycling Coalition https://www.glassrecycles.org/
Glass Packaging Institute
http://gpi.org/
Container Recycling Institute
http://www.container-recycling.org/
Believers in Glass
http://www.believersinglass.com/home.php
 Ardagh Glass
https://www.ardaghgroup.com/corporate/sustainability
Verallia Glass https://www.verallia.com/en/sustainable-development/environmental-responsibility
Piramal Glass
https://www.piramalglass.com/sustainability-environment/
Certifications
https://www.c2ccertified.org/get-certified/product-certification
ISO standards
https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management.html
EPA reports
https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/glass-material-specific-data
Europe
https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/waste-recycling
Labels
https://www.winebusiness.com/vendornews/?go=getVendorNewsArticle&dataId=225464
Bottles going green
http://www.spiritedbiz.com/tiny-footprints-how-wine-and-beer-bottles-are-going-green/
Aluminum Closures
https://www.aluminium-closures.org/en/sustainability/recycling.html