These applications are literally a waste – because the material is lost forever from the circular economy.
“We need a more integrated approach with all the stakeholders along the chain, including citizens, and make more sustainable waste collection decisions in the future,” states Olivier De Clercq, Secretary General of ACR +. “We think it’s important for local authorities and collection organizations to know more about what happens to materials once they are collected. Clear technical guidelines and ad hoc support for proper glass collection would make recycling easier and even better performing.”
The study also recommends more and clearer communication to citizens about the benefits of glass collection and recycling in a bottle-‐to-‐bottle system, and the role they can play. Municipalities can work on this aspect too, as can industry. The European container glass manufacturers – through FEVE – support “Friends of Glass” – a self-‐fed European consumer community of more than 30,000 people promoting the consumer right to choose food and drinks in glass packaging. A number of tools are available on www.friendsofglass.com to increase consumer awareness about glass recycling and the environment.
(1) The study “Good practices in collection and closed-‐loop glass recycling in Europe’’ and its synopsis are available on http://www.acrplus.org and www.feve.org
(2) Please visit www.feve.org for more information
STUDY FACT SHEET
The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+) on behalf of the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) conducted a study on ‘’Good Practices in collection and closed-‐loop glass recycling in Europe”.
To identify good practices in selective collection and closed-‐loop recycling of glass packaging waste from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) across European regional and local authorities.
The kind of collection scheme as well as the quantity and quality of post-‐consumer glass collected in a closed–loop recycling system were amongst the most important assessment criteria to define good practices. Eight case studies were selected for the purpose of this study: Intradel, Liège Province (Belgium), Municipality of Graz (Austria), LIPOR, Greater Porto Intermunicipal Waste Company (Portugal), Municipality of Maastricht (Netherlands), Municipality of Lippe (Germany), Canton of Geneva (Switzerland), City of Grand Besançon (France), Municipality of Odense (Denmark). Results
The research demonstrates single stream glass collection provides a high quantity and quality of recycled glass for recycling. In the study, the post consumer glass selectively collected varies from case to case: 13 kg/inhabitant/ year (in Porto) to 47 kg/inhabitant/year (in the Canton of Geneva), underlying the differences not only in performance but also in glass packaging use as well as the existence of deposit schemes competing with municipal collection.
Separate collection schemes and glass recycling are key drivers in a circular glass “bottle-‐to-‐ bottle” production. Where it is in place, the separated collection scheme may need further optimization. Where other systems are in place, separated collection should be supported and given preference. The following factors are considered as key for effective collection and recycling:
• Accessibility and high number of bottle banks (e.g. Maastricht)
• Cleanliness and maintenance of bottle banks (e.g. Intradel)
• Clear and Simple communications to residents (e.g. Graz)
• Frequent rate of collection to avoid over filling of bottle banks (e.g. Canton of Geneva)
• Separate glass collection by colour type (e.g. Lippe)
• Glass bottle banks placed/located in ‘popular’ central areas (e.g. Porto)
• Higher quality directly dependent from better handling at collection source (e.g. Odense)
• Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) to introduce advanced systems: underground street bottle banks (e.g. Intradel) ENDS
FEVE is the association of European manufacturers of glass containers and machine-‐made glass tableware. The members of FEVE produce over 20 million tonnes 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. See more on www.feve.org
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-‐wide customers. With its 160 manufacturing plants distributed all over Europe, it is an important contributor to Europe’s real economy and provides direct employment to about 50,000 people, while creating a large number of job opportunities along the total supply chain. See more on www.feve.org. E-‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management(ACR+), established in 1994, is an international network of members who share the common aim of promoting the sustainable consumption of resources and management of waste through prevention at the source, reuse and recycling. It currently has nearly 100 members, mainly local and regional authorities as well as national networks of local authorities representing around 1100 municipalities. ACR+ also welcomes other key players in the sustainable resource-‐product-‐waste management field, such as NGOs, academic institutions or private organizations, as partner members. See more on: www.acrplus.org E-‐ mail: email@example.com
Glass is made from natural, sustainable raw materials, abundant in nature such as sand, soda ash and limestone. It is the preferred packaging for consumer health and for the environment. It is chemically inert, 100% and infinitely recyclable, refillable, and reusable. As primary packaging, glass containers ensure the preservation, safe delivery and attractive presentation of a vast array of consumer products, supplied to European and world markets. Whether used for drinks, food, cosmetics, perfumes or pharmaceuticals, glass plays a vital role in supporting European trade and commerce.
Contact Details FEVE -‐ www.feve.org Michael Delle Selve, Communications and Operations Manager E-‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , Direct Line: +32 (0)2 536 00 82, Mobile: +32 475 52 24 58 Fabrice Rivet, Technical Director E-‐mail: email@example.com, Direct Line: +32 (0)2 536 00 83 ACR+ http://www.acrplus.org Hara Xirou, Project Manager E-‐mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Direct Line +32 (2) 234 65 05