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Europe’s glass value chain reaches a major milestone at 79% glass collection for recycling

Brussels, 30 June 2022

According to the latest value chain data released today by Close the Glass Loop the EU27 + the UK average collection for recycling rate for glass packaging hit a new record rate of 79% in 2020 (1). 

“2020 has been a peculiar year. With the COVID pandemic, we have witnessed changing consumption and collection patterns with the glass waste stream shifting from the hospitality sector – a major consumption channel for glass – to households. The latest collection rate demonstrates the strong resilience of the glass packaging value chain despite this challenging context” says Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE (the European Container Glass Federation), on behalf of Close the Glass Loop partners.

The multi-stakeholder partnership Close the Glass Loop aims to achieve a post-consumer glass container collection target of 90% by 2030, and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop. The vast majority of the 13.8 million tonnes collected go back to remelt new bottles and jars.

“The 2020 statistics confirm our steady progress towards reaching our ambitious objectives on glass recycling. We are convinced that the pathway set by the Close the Glass Loop platform to establish a strong collaboration along the glass packaging value chain, at European level but also at national level, is key to ensure that we collect more and better-quality glass” says Marine Ronquetti, Secretary General of FERVER (European Federation of Glass Recyclers), on behalf of Close the Glass Loop partners.

(1) See Close the Glass Loop collection Statistics 2020 published on the Close the Glass Loop website –

More information on the “Close the Glass Loop” programme, along with the European and National Action plans, is available on the website

About Close the Glass Loop

We share a common European ambition to collect more and better glass, together. Close the Glass Loop is a platform to unite the glass collection and recycling value chain, and to establish a material stewardship programme that will result in more bottle-to-bottle recycling. We aim to increase the quantity and quality of available recycled glass – so that people don’t just recycle, but recycle more and better. By recycling more and better, we can progress on new EU 2030 recycling targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, achieving sustainable growth opportunities in the Circular Economy. See more at


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