2 May 2023

The performance of packaging glass recycling in Europe – Insights from a Close the Glass Loop survey

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. Respondents were asked to compile data for their operations at the national level, while operators with plants across multiple countries submitted individual responses per country. It should be noted that each response was voluntary, and the data was not cross-checked by a third-party. As such, the results presented in this report serve as an indication only and cannot be used for Life Cycle Assessment calculations or to represent a recycling rate for glass. 
The full report containing the survey findings can be found below.