A press release published on February 7, 2019 by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) informed that, according to the “latest industry data on glass recycling,” coming from the 2016 dataset, “over 12 million tons of glass bottles and jars are collected and recycled in Europe, with an average glass recycling rate in the EU28 of 74%.” With this, “glass remains the best performing food grade closed loop in the world.”

FEVE predicts that “this figure is set to rise” as a result of “a renewed investment in separate collection for glass packaging in the coming years, which will engage consumers, municipalities, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes, recyclers and manufacturers in a collaborative effort to collect, sort and treat the glass that is currently leaking from the system.”

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FEVE (February 7, 2019). “Glass packaging recycling rate stable at 74%.”

FEVE (February 7, 2019). “Glass packaging recycling rate stable at 74%.(pdf)