Organisations join forces to increase the quality of glass recycling 

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FEVE, FERVER, EXPRA and EuRIC have committed to increasing the quality and efficiency of the glass recycling value chain through separate collection, quality recycling and closed loop manufacturing of glass. 

To achieve this, a single and enforceable calculation methodology for the reporting of glass recycling in all Member States is needed, said the four trade associations.  

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According to the organisations, all material streams should have an equal level of ambition when reporting recycling rates, regardless of the complexity of different recycling value chains.  

For glass, they agree that the measurement point is at the input to the cullet treatment plant, as this is the “recycling operation” where waste is “reprocessed into products”. 

They propose that non-glass losses and non-target materials should be deducted.  

FEVE secretary general Adeline Farrelly said: “We are delighted to have such a strong partnership calling for comparable and ambitious reporting on glass recycling. Measuring real recycling will drive local implementation of high quality separate collection for glass.” 

The bodies also recommend maintaining a clear and consistent legal framework between the End-of-Waste Regulation, the EU Waste Framework Directive and the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which supports an ambitious and comparable implementation of the reporting.  

FERVER secretary general Baudouin Ska said: “The measurement point for reporting on recycling rates in the Directive clearly refers to the actual reprocessing into products, materials and substances and must therefore be consistent with the EU end-of-waste criteria established for glass.” 

EuRIC secretary General Emmanuel Katrakis said: “It is key to show that the entire glass sector agrees on a single, robust and harmonised point of measurement for glass recycling which supports end-of-waste criteria and will further drive quality along the value chain.” 

The European Commission is still finalising implementing legalisation establishing rules for the calculation, verification and reporting of data for verifying compliance with the recycling targets set in the Waste Framework Directive and in the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive.  

EXPRA Managing Director Joachim Quoden said: “We strongly welcome a uniform definition for the measurement of recycling and believe that recycled waste should be measured at the gate of the recycling plant as the data can only be ascertained until the plant’s gate, in order to deliver fair and reliable statistics. We welcome the initiative by the glass sector to agree on the “recycling operation’, which is crucial in this respect.”

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