In 2019, in the European Union (including the United Kingdom) nearly eleven and a half million tons of glass bottles and jars were recycled, with average glass collection for their recycling of 78%.
The value chain for European glass recycling has come together through the «Close the Glass Loop» platform to increase the quantity and quality of recycled glass throughout the continent. This initiative from the glass industry brings together European federations that represent glass manufacturers and processors, food and beverage packaging brands, container collection organizations and municipalities in the different member states with the common goal of achieving 90% glass collection for recycling in 2030, way above the 75% target set by the European Commission.
The platform will address the structural challenges common to the majority of European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland), with municipalities as
key players. Their actions include pilot projects for glass collection in densely populated or tourist areas, and a road map to improve the quality of the empty bottle and boost cooperation between national organizations.