The National Assn. for PET Container Resources says 1.5 billion lb of PET plastic were recycled in 2010
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) is honoring Earth Day 2012, celebrated on April 22, by announcing increases in curbside recycling of PET plastic water bottle containers and an effort to improve the environmental footprint of the bottled water industry.
A newly released study shows that PET plastic bottled water containers are once again the single most recycled item in nationwide curbside collection programs. As of 2010, the recycling rate for PET plastic bottled water containers increased to 32%, more than doubling in the last six years.
The ban aims to reduce plastic water bottle waste and address social concerns
After the Queen’s University Principal’s 2010 pledge to end all bottled water sales on its campus in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the university is on track to enforce the ban in September, according to the Kingston Herald.
The aim of the ban is to create a greener campus community by reducing plastic water bottle waste as well as address social concerns regarding private corporations' control of drinking water.
Queen’s is among the first Canadian universities to push for such a ban, according to Aaron Ball, the university’s sustainability manager.
With a growing consumer demand for purified water, vending is an increasingly popular option for customers and businesses alike. Patrick Graf, president of Liquid Action Systems Inc., recently spoke with Water Quality Products Managing Editor Kate Cline about the latest trends and technologies that not only making vending a simpler option, but also a more profitable one.
Kate Cline: What are some current trends in the water vending industry?
Worries about toxins are all around us. It seems that everyday, news stories report a new chemical threat in the clothes we wear, the air we breathe, the water we drink or the bottles we drink it out of. These emerging contaminants seem to be popping up all over the place. But what about chemicals we have known about for years—especially the ones we intentionally put in our drinking water?
New facility will bring 110 jobs to the region
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announced that Crossroads Beverage Group LLC will open a new bottling and manufacturing facility in Berks County that will create at least 110 jobs.
"My administration is committed to creating a business climate that positions Pennsylvania to attract new economic investment and job growth to our communities," Corbett said. "Because of that commitment, the Governor's Action Team was successful in bringing Crossroads Beverage and the 110 new jobs it will create to Berks County. The economic impact is unquestionable."
Initiative aimed at consumers looking for alternatives to plastic bottles
DrinkMore Water has delivered the high-quality bottled water to homes and offices since 1993. Now the company is providing a new premium glass bottled water delivery service to meet growing consumer demand for non-plastic bottled water options.
According to DrinkMore Water, demand for non-plastic options has skyrocketed in the past few years as consumers seek alternative, BPA-free bottle options. Recognizing consumer demand, the company added a new product line of 5- and 3-gal glass water bottles to be delivered directly to homes and offices.
Location will provide certification for Europe, Middle East and Africa
NSF Intl. opened a new office in Germany that will offer management systems registration (ISO) and certification services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Strategically located in Oberursel, NSF Germany offers testing and certification services for the beverage, bottled water and packaged ice industries, among others.
Acquisition includes coffee service and water quality businesses
On Feb. 3, DS Waters of America Inc. and The Standard Companies Inc. signed an asset purchase agreement whereby DS Waters will acquire substantially all of the assets of Standard. The transaction is expected to close in late March, subject to regulatory clearance.
Mountain Valley will now bottle TalkingRain-branded products
Mountain Valley Spring Co. announced a new bottling agreement with TalkingRain Beverage Co. Inc. Pursuant to the agreement, the company will manufacture certain TalkingRain branded bottled water products for TalkingRain to market to its retail partners nationwide.
In order to fulfill its obligations under the agreement, Mountain Valley is in the process of enhancing its production capacity and upgrading one of its five bottling lines to permit the addition of flavors and carbonation to its natural spring water.
As I write this, the U.S. is in the wake of two natural disasters: the earthquake that rocked the East Coast on Aug. 23 and Hurricane Irene, which spun its way from the Carolinas to Canada just a few days later.