Collection of glass packaging for recycling steadily increases in Europe

Tuesday 5 January 2010

In 2008, an estimated 25.5 billion glass bottles and jars (1) whistled Hank’s refrain “I’ll be back” (2) as they were dropped into bottle banks ready to be recycled. This corresponds to an average collection recycling rate of 65% for the EU27 countries (3) and nearly 11.5 million tonnes of glass packaging collected all over Europe (including Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).

“This data confirms the clear positive trend over the last year when, thanks to the collaboration of citizens, a number of EU countries have reached the ambitious 60% collection target fixed by the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive,” says Dominique Tombeur, President of FEVE – the EU association for container glass.

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