WRAP unveils new standard for collected glass

The Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new standard for collected glass to help local authorities improve their glass recycling performance.

WRAP hopes the BSI PAS 101 national specification for recovered container glass will provide good practice guidance for collection and delivery and improve quality of collected glass. It was developed through consultation with a broad range of stakeholders to harmonise existing independent specifications and provide a series of identifiable quality grades for all raw container glass.

Andy Dawe, WRAP’s material sector manager for glass, explained: "By providing a nationally accepted specification, PAS 101 will remove any ambiguity over whether glass collected and delivered to reprocessors meets the necessary quality requirements. It also means that all those involved in the glass recycling sector can work to the same set of quality parameters."

A second standard from BSI is planned to be launched next year to cover glass reprocessed for higher-value alternative-end markets, a particular interest of WRAP. The PAS 102 is expected to be ready in May 2004 and it will cover recycled glass to be used in applications such as water filtration media and concrete product manufacture.

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