Der Grüne Punkt - 30. June 2020

More recycled glass for Europe

Der Grüne Punkt supports new “Close the Glass Loop” platform / Goal: increase quantities and quality in recycling packaging glass

Cologne, 30. June 2020. To promote glass recycling in Europe, leading European associations and companies operating in the fields of container glass production and recycling have set up the “Close the Glass Loop” platform. The initiative’s goal is to increase the recycling rates for packaging glass in Europe from its present-day 76 percent to initially 80 percent by 2025 and then 90 percent by 2030. Der Grüne Punkt supports this platform as a member of PROsPA, the European alliance of producer responsibility systems for packaging in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Whereas glass recycling rates in Germany have been running at over 80 percent for years already, the rates achieved on average in Europe are still significantly lower. “Our intention is to not only raise the rates but also to improve the quality of the used-glass shards and to substantially increase the proportion of recycled raw materials contained in packaging glass,” explains Michael Wiener, CEO of Der Grüne Punkt. “Close the Glass Loop” brings together not only glass producers, processors and recyclers throughout Europe but also the continent’s food and beverage producers, plus of course system operators like Der Grüne Punkt, which implement extended producer responsibility and are thus crucial for boosting glass recycling.

The founding members include ACR+ (the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management), which alone represents 1,100 municipalities in Europe. “We have to upgrade the collection of used glass packages throughout Europe, enabling greater quantities to be recycled. The municipalities play a key role in this context,” to quote Michael Wiener. “But that in itself is not enough – it’s also vital that glass packaging be designed for recycling. Plus, of course, the requisite recycling infrastructure must be in place. That is why cooperation along the entire value added chain is so important.” Europe, he continues, has a lot of catching up to do here. “Glass recycling saves large quantities of energy, and thus greenhouse gases as well – that is yet another significant reason for progressing this cooperation.”

You will find more information under https://feve.org/about-glass/introducing-close-the-glass-loop/

Your contact person: Norbert Völl, norbert.voell@gruener-punkt.de, +49 2203 937 507

About PROsPA: Producer Responsibility Organisations Packaging Alliance (PROsPA) is an alliance for cooperation and exchange between leading packaging recovery organisations (PRO) in Europe. ARA, CITEO, Der Grüne Punkt, REPAK, Sociedade Pontoverde, Rekopol, , and Valpak operate under the extended producer responsibility (EPR) principle in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Poland, and the United Kingdom respectively.

Further information on the internet under prospalliance.org

About the Der Grüne Punkt Group: The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the circular economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), with the Green Dot as its trademark, was among the companies to introduce and establish the dual system in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.

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