8 September 2022

Europe’s glass value chain confirms steady progress at 79% glass collection for recycling 


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. This represents an increase of 1 percentage point compared to 2019.*

*Since the press release on 30th of June 2022, we identified a mistake in the data for Italy that has now been corrected. This means that the overall collection for recycling rate for glass in EU27 + UK for 2020 is 79% and not 80% as was previously announced.

2020 Glass Collection for Recycling Rates - Map

“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.


For more information please contact:

Jean-Paul Judson
Close the Glass Loop
Email: info@closetheglassloop.eu
Tel: +32 (0)486 82 39 36
Twitter: @theglassloop