The European Glass packaging industry to boost EU glass collection for recycling to 90% by 2030
The European glass packaging industry sets in motion “Close the Glass Loop” – a major stewardship programme to boost glass “collection for recycling” rates to 90 percent by 2030 in the EU. The move comes as a proactive response to new EU rules to increase net recycling targets for glass packaging to 75 percent by 2030.
Today, over 76% of glass packaging placed on the European market is collected for “bottle to bottle” recycling, already putting the circularity of glass in a league of its own (1).
Industry CEOs have unanimously agreed to set up the “Close the Glass Loop” programme with the common ambition to achieve an EU-wide 90% collection for recycling target for glass packaging by 2030. The programme will be shaped in the next months with value chain partners with whom we are now discussing on how to collaborate. The official platform launch is planned in June 2020.
“Our goal is to keep increasing the sustainability credentials of the glass packaging solutions we provide to our customers and consumers”, stated FEVE President Michel Giannuzzi. “We are proud to lead ‘Close the Glass Loop’, an industry-wide initiative that will have real benefits for the market and our planet alike: it is our call for action to deliver an ambitious Circular Economy Action Plan for glass”.
This initiative will bring together the different stakeholders of the glass collection & recycling loop under a common European platform with a twofold objective of closing the collection gap and improving the quality of recycled glass, so that resources remain productive in a bottle-to-bottle manufacturing loop. More availability of good quality used glass means a more resource-efficient production process, providing a premium level, safe and truly recycled packaging material.
It all starts with collection. The “Close the Glass Loop” programme will boost collection and involve the many committed European and national partners, from municipalities, to glass processors and industry customers, including the Extended Producer Responsibility schemes operating across EU Member States. “To be successful, we need to work locally in every EU Member State, while sharing best practices and raising ambitions via a European platform. We don’t believe in a single European model for glass collection, but we do believe in a single ambition”, stressed Michel Giannuzzi.
“We are very proud to have been able to set the foundations for such an ambitious programme, which has a very strong support inside the membership and perfectly matches the objectives of both the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Green Deal of the new European Commission,” stated Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE.
The production of glass packaging for food, beverages as well as in the pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetics sector with an endlessly recyclable, reusable and permanent material translates in less consumption of natural resources, less waste and less use of energy in line with the Sustainable Consumption and Production Goal (SDG 12). At the same time, glass recycling directly allows the industry to dramatically reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, in line with the Climate Action Goal (SDG 13) (2).
Interested parties should contact Mrs Adeline Farrelly – FEVE Secretary General – for more information on how to join the “Close the Glass Loop” programme (3).
(1) See Latest FEVE Data on Glass Packaging Recycling on the FEVE website
(2) You can find more information on the industry commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on the FEVE website
(3) You can find more information on the “Close the Glass Loop” programme on the FEVE website
Made of minerals abundant in nature – sand, soda-ash, recycled glass and limestone – glass is a 100% and infinitely recyclable material, manufactured in a one-step process under one roof. The majority of collected glass bottles and jars are used repeatedly to produce new food grade glass packaging in the closed loop system. Each time a bottle or jar is recycled into new containers, energy and raw materials are also saved and less CO2 is emitted. In the EU, by recycling glass, over 12 million tons of raw materials are saved each year and over 7 million tons of CO2 are avoided – equal to taking 4 million cars off the road. We save 2.5% energy and 5% of CO2 for each 10% of glass recycled in the furnace.
FEVE is the Federation of European manufacturers of glass containers and machine-made glass tableware. Its members produce over 20 million tons of glass per year. The association has some 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups. Manufacturing plants are located across 23 European States and include global blue chip and major companies working for the world’s biggest consumer brands.
About the Container Glass Industry
The European container glass industry provides a wide range of glass packaging products for food and beverages as well as flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy to their European and world customers. With its 160 manufacturing plants distributed all over Europe, it is an important contributor to Europe’s real economy and maintains 125.000 direct and indirect jobs along the total supply chain.