WRAP, in collaboration with Valpak Consulting Ltd, published GlassFlow 2012, a new report looking at the UK packaging glass market.
WRAP says that the aim of the research was to quantify and project glass flows in the UK in 2012, including the amount of packaging glass consumed and collected for recycling, and to review key market issues.
The assessment was done for the UK as a whole, as well as for Scotland and Wales separately.
Dr Richard Swannell, WRAP – “This represents the most detailed examination of the UK’s glass recovery and recycling market to date. I think this authoritative analysis will help to improve market transparency and understanding of glass recovery and recycling in the UK”
The research found that the UK glass packaging consumption is lower than currently estimated, with the UK packaging consumption being estimated at 2.4-2.5m tons.
Based on these new estimates, the report found that the UK met its 60 percent EU target for packaging glass in 2012. Also based on these estimates it found that it may be possible to hit the 60 percent target with lower targets for obligated businesses.
Following the findings in the report, Defra is to launch a four-week consultation on amending targets for glass recycling.
The Advisory Committee on Packaging has recommended that the government revise the business targets for glass packaging recycling from is current 81 percent to 77 percent of the obligated tonnage under the packaging waste database scheme.
The report also states that the proportion of local authority glass being collected commingled has increased from 27 percent in 2009/10 to 40 percent in 2011/12.
“This means there has been an increase in mixed glass collected in the UK that needs to be colour sorted if it is to be used by the container manufacturing remelt sector,” the report stated, saying that the quality of some of the glass collected commingled is also considered to be poor quality by the reprocessors and needs a greater lever of processing to prepare it for end markets.
Dr Richard Swannell, director at WRAP said: “This represents the most detailed examination of the UK’s glass recovery and recycling market to date. Produced in partnership with Valpak, I think this authoritative analysis will help to improve market transparency and understanding of glass recovery and recycling in the UK.”
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