Recycling Rate rather than Recycled Content – FEVE Position Paper

Brussels 03 July 2019,

According to the last FEVE LCA study, the average recycled content of glass containers produced in Europe is of 52% as unspecified colour, 80% as green glass, 50% as brown glass, 40 % as flint glass. The increase of the average recycled content is directly linked to the availability of more, better-quality, and colour-separated cullet that can be used for bottle-to-bottle recycling on the European market (3).

Therefore, at the European Container Glass Industry we have one major priority: to increase the availability of good quality and colour separated cullet for bottle to bottle production. Today, 74% of glass packaging put on the market is collected.  In many countries this is largely through single-stream colour separated collection schemes. We want to maintain and to improve the performance of these systems to increase the collection and recycling of glass and achieve the perfect closed loop that the material enables us to do.  A better performance of the glass bring-back systems will also result into better quality and more colour-separated cullet and therefore increased possibilities to use it into new glass packaging applications.  If we do not increase quantity and quality of recycled glass and ready to use cullet, we will not increase the overall environmental and market benefits of glass recycling.

See the full position paper here