Speech from Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries from Lithuania.
We share a common European ambition to collect more and better glass, together.
Today, 76% of glass packaging placed on the EU market is collected for recycling. Close the Glass Loop is an industry platform to unite the glass collection and recycling value chain, and to establish a material stewardship programme that will result in more bottle-to-bottle recycling. We aim to increase the quantity and quality of available recycled glass – so that people don’t just recycle, but recycle more and better.
By recycling more and better, we can progress on new EU 2030 recycling targets and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, achieving sustainable growth opportunities in the Circular Economy.
We’re an action platform for a healthier planet. Close the Glass Loop aims to increase the recycled content available to the industry, by collecting more and better glass upfront.
The whole value chain is involved in recycling: from the glass producer, to the brand owner and the filler, to the consumer and glass treater passing by the EPR and Waste Management Schemes, as well as collectors and municipalities. That’s why we’re bringing them all together with a common goal.
Our vision is to achieve full actual recycling of collected glass packaging, by working in partnership with the whole value chain to make sure our Circular Economy works better.
We want to achieve 90% average EU collection rate of used glass packaging by 2030 (that’s up from the current average of 76%) and better quality of recycled glass, so more recycled content can be used in a new production loop.
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