Glass recycling rates in the EU have jumped by 131% since 1990

Glass recycling rates in the EU have jumped by 131% since 1990

The European Union's glass recycling rate has passed 70%, according to new figures.

In 2012, the equivalent of 25bn bottles and jars were collected throughout the EU to make new bottles, the European Commission said this week. Between 1990 and 2012, EU consumption of products packed in glass increased by 39% while glass recycling increased by 131%, the figures revealed.

“This is a concrete case of the decoupling effect that we want to build in a resource-efficient Europe,” said MEP Filip Kaczmarek. “As policy makers we need to preserve and to support such business models that enhance economic growth, produce high value goods, generate value from waste, while reducing their environmental burden.”

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