95% glass recycling possible
Belgium already does it, reaching 98.65% in 2011.
Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have all achieved rates above 90%.
The European Union average has topped 70% for the first time.
This is really good news from the European Glass Container Federation and the benefits are substantial:
- More than 7 million tonnes of CO2 saved, equal to taking 4 million cars off the road.
- Over 11 million tonnes collected across Europe in 2011.
- 80% of glass collected goes back into new glass bottles.
Unfortunately, some countries’ recycling figures are still rubbish. Cyprus has yet to beat 35%, Romania and Turkey are below 30% and Malta is reportedly under 10%.
Glass half full or glass half empty?