Growing support for ‘Close the Glass Loop ‘ initiative
The European umbrella association representing public responsibility for waste, Municipal Waste Europe is partnering with ‘Close the Glass Loop, the industry stewardship programme for glass packaging initiated by FEVE.
The platform has the objective to achieve a post-consumer glass container collection target of 90% and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop to come back as new packaging.
"In these difficult times where the solidity of our economic and social model is under pressure, municipalities need to continue to invest in the health and wellbeing of citizens” commented Vanya Veras, MWE Secretary-General. “We are delighted to join Close the Glass Loop as we share this common goal. Managing waste streams, minimising their impacts on the environment and our cities is our job. By helping the glass packaging industry to bring glass containers back into the production loop, we reduce waste and keep local resources productive in our economy.”
Close the Glass Loop is a multi-stakeholder platform, in which national and local authorities will play a fundamental role in establishing an appropriate and sufficient separate collection network, coupled with communication tools to engage citizens to separate and sort their glass waste for recycling.
Municipal Waste Europe’s members will share their experience in this platform on how best to empower citizens to separate and sort their glass packaging in accordance with the most adapted local collection system, with a view to increasing recycled content in the new product cycle. Prevention and reuse are high on MWE’s priorities and will play a key role in these discussions as well.