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Urgent action called for on glass

A comprehensive review of glass recycling is desperately needed if the UK is to stand any chance of hitting its 2008 packaging-recovery target, according to a key figure.

Rexam Glass director Nigel Pritchard has told MRW that a major restructuring of policy is needed for glass packaging recycling to reach 71% in 2008.

Pritchard believes that rising mixed-glass collections and a shortage of proven alternative markets for waste glass will make the 2008 level unattainable.

He said: The way we are today, I do not have a lot of confidence in meeting our target in 2008.

There needs to be an independent review of the way glass is handled from cradle to grave.

Manufacturers are almost at the limit of how much green glass they can recycle into new containers, so any increased recovery will have to come through clear glass.

But a growing trend for mixed-glass collections is making this unlikely to happen without massive investment in colour-separation technology.

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