Government glass recycling target supported by British Glass
The UK government’s decision to increase the glass remelt target for businesses from 67% to 72% for the next two years has been welcomed by British Glass, representative body for glass packaging manufacturers.
Ahead of the Spring budget in March 2020, British Glass wrote to the chancellor asking to increase glass recycling targets as part of the glass sector’s commitment to decarbonise.
The raising of the glass remelt target in accordance with newly-published recycling targets for 2021 and 2022 will support the decarbonisation of the glass sector, boost the circular economy of glass and encourage closed loop ‘bottle to bottle’ glass recycling.
“By increasing the amount of glass recycled alongside the percentage of recycled content in glass packaging, we are reducing the emissions of the glass sector” said Phillip Fenton, Lead Packaging and Recycling Adviser for British Glass.
“We are pleased to see the Government’s remelt target increase to ensure more high value ‘bottle to bottle’ recycling” he continued. “We would like to see this remelt target continue to increase over the coming years to ensure more of the glass that is collected for recycling is remelted back into glass, rather than used in aggregates."