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Feature: The recycling isle

Although it is 26 years since the UK's first glass bank, the progress of glass recycling has been slow. Comparison with other EU countries has been unflattering, but disregards the fundamental challenge of the UK's unfavourable colour imbalance. High imports of mainly green glass wine bottles contrasts with high clear glass production and significant exports of spirits bottles. UK glass recycling rates depend on alternative markets to a far greater extent than other EU countries.