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Glass recycling rates up by 1%

An estimated 62% of glass was collected for recycling in the UK in 2009 but we are producing less glass overall, according to data from FEVE, the association of European glass container manufacturers.

This marks an increase of 1% on the previous year but is still below the average European Union rate of 67%. FEVE data shows that across the European Union an additional 1% of material was collected for recycling in 2009 compared to the previous year. 

FEVE president Niall Wall said: “Glass recycling increases each year thanks to the commitment of consumers everywhere.”

MEP for Yorkshire and Humber Linda McAvan added: “I believe strongly in moves to make Europe more resource efficient.”

However, data also showed the EU 27 produced 19.3m tonnes of glass in 2009, while in 2008 it produced 22.1m tonnes – a drop of 2.2m tonnes. The UK produced 2.4m tonnes of glass in 2008 and this also fell in 2009 to 2.1m tonnes.

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