Results from the first phase of the GlassRite project show it is boosting the UK market for recycled glass.
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) funded project encourages international wine producers to bulk import wine to the UK and bottle it on arrival. This means more wine bottles are made domestically and, according to WRAP, recycled glass use has increased by nearly 24,000 tonnes a year as a consequence.
Another element of the scheme is to lightweight bottles using less glass. Results so far show that this has reduced glass packaging by 11,400 tonnes a year.
WRAP beverages category manager Nicola Jenkin said: This project has helped to kick-start a major change in the wine industry. In the past two years, lighter weight bottles have become a more regular feature on UK supermarket shelves. In addition, bulk importing is becoming a more mainstream alternative to bottling at source.
The project has also helped to cut CO2 emissions by more than 28,000 tonnes a year as a combined result of bulk importing and using lighter bottles.
Details of the projects second phase, which will run until November 2009, will be announced at this years London International Wine Fair at the ExCel exhibition centre this week.
The first phase of GlassRite Wine ran from summer 2006 to March 2008. It was managed by British Glass and included UK retailers, the international wine industry and glass manufacturers.