Municipal Waste Europe and Close the Glass Loop Team Up to Achieve 90% Glass Packaging Collection Target by 2030

Brussels, 15 April 2020

Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) – the European umbrella association representing public responsibility for waste.(1) – agreed to partner with “Close the Glass Loop” – the major industry stewardship programme for glass packaging (2) initiated by FEVE – EU Federation of the container glass.  The platform has the objective to achieve a post-consumer glass container collection target of 90%, and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop to come back as a new packaging.

In these difficult times where the solidity of our economic and social model is under pressure, Municipalities need to continue to invest in the health and wellbeing of citizens. This involves also guaranteeing resource-efficient management of post-consumer waste. states Vanya Veras, MWE Secretary-General. “We are delighted to join Close the Glass Loop as we share this common goal. Managing waste streams, minimizing their impacts on the environment and our cities is our job. By helping the glass packaging industry to bring glass containers back into the production loop, we reduce waste and keep local resources productive in our economy.”

The “Close the Glass Loop” is a multi-stakeholder platform in which national and local authorities will play a fundamental role in establishing an appropriate and sufficient separate collection network coupled with communication tools to engage citizens to separate and sort their glass waste for recycling.  Municipal Waste Europe’s members will share their experience in this platform on how best to empower citizens to separate and sort their glass packaging in accordance with the most adapted local collection system, with a view to increasing recycled content in the new product cycle.  Prevention and reuse are high on MWE’s priorities and will play a key role in these discussions as well.

“Municipalities are key decision-makers when it comes to waste collection.  We are very happy to have the opportunity to work directly with Municipal Waste Europe on the best way to collect more glass and solve our common challenges together.”stated Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General.   

All consumer goods industries are being called upon by the European Commission to collect, recycle and reuse packaging. The new targets are much more ambitious than before because they will move from the collection for recycling targets to targets on what is actually recycled. Each country will need to achieve the new 2030 recycling targets fixed by the recently reviewed Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.  For glass, it is 75% by 2030.

See the full version of the press statement here