In a press release published on November 20, 2019, the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) announced the launch of the stewardship program ‘Close the Glass Loop’ that aims to achieve a 90% collection rate for glass in the European Union by 2030. The most recent measurements of glass collection levels in Europe are reported as being just above 76% (FPF reported) in 2017. The program aims to “bring together the different stakeholders of the glass collection and recycling loop under a common European platform with a twofold objective of closing the collection gap and improving the quality of recycled glass (cullet), so that resources remain productive in a bottle-to-bottle manufacturing loop.”

Adelene Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE, commented “we are very proud to have been able to set the foundations for such an ambitious program, which has a very strong support inside the membership and perfectly matches the objectives of both the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Green Deal of the new European Commission.”

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FEVE (November 20, 2019). “European Glass Packaging Industry to Boost EU Glass Collection for Recycling to 90% by 2030 and ‘Close The Glass Loop’.”