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Unformatted text preview: and 1990s due to competition from other materials, primarily plastics and aluminum, but it has remained stable for the past several years. In 1980, the EPA reported that 13.2 million tons of glass containers were discarded; in 1990 it dropped to 9.2 million tons, and in 2007 in was 8.3 million tons. Glass is used abundantly in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries. Here is a diagram illustrating its use by market sector: 3. 11...
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- Spring '08