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THE CIRCULAR JOURNEY: CITIZENS AND RECYCLING

DID YOU KNOW…?

Latest value chain data show that the EU28 average collection for recycling rate for glass packaging grew to the record rate of 78% in 2019. This represents a growth of
2 percentage points compared to
2018 performance, which shows that the glass packaging value chain is delivering on its circular economy ambition. The vast majority of the 13.7 million tonnes collected go back to remelt new bottles and jars.

Almost half all Europeans (48%) recognise that glass is the best packaging material for addressing climate change. 91% of Europeans prefer glass, while 1 in 2 Europeans are using more glass packaging than 3 years ago. Whatā€™s more, of those who are actively choosing glass over other packaging materials, 2 out of 5 Europeans choose glass because they perceive it as being more recyclable than other materials.

  • Recycled glass packaging
    can be recycled into a new container in as little as one month.
  • Using 1 tonne of recycled glass saves 1.2 tonnes of virgin raw materials, and avoids 60% of CO2.
  • Each time one tonne of glass is recycled, air pollution is reduced by 20% and water pollution cut by 50% throughout the supply chain.
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