Glass is 100% and infinitely recyclable in a closed bottle-to-bottle loop, without losing its intrinsic properties. Closed loop recycling has a key role to play in a well-functioning Circular Economy that keeps resources productive in the economy for as long as possible, reducing the use of virgin raw materials and emissions, and saving energy. It is a guarantee that the packaging placed on the market has the highest possible recycled content. The closed loop recycling of glass packaging is a reality in a highly integrated system, from post-consumer waste to high-quality products for new bottles and jars. Close the Glass Loop aims to track the performance of packaging glass recycling year on year.
Throughout December 2021 to October 2022, Close the Glass Loop conducted an online survey to evaluate the performance of glass packaging recycling in Europe. The survey was distributed to members of FERVER (European Glass Recyclers’ Federation) and FEVE (European Container Glass Federation), as well as the 11 National Platforms of Close the Glass Loop spanning Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In total, 30 responses were collected, with the data reflecting the year 2019.Performance Report
Close the Glass Loop is following the progress of glass collection for recycling rates, and annually releasing the results in conjunction with the platform's establishment. The most recent collection for recycling rate is provided below.Glass Collection for Recycling Map