U.K. government to increase glass remelt rates to 1.1 million tonnes/year by 2017, up from about 600,000 tonnes currently, to remove some of the 2.8 million tonnes of glass in U.K.'s waste stream, report says

LOS ANGELES , May 7, 2012 () – The United Kingdom's government is seeking to double container-to-container glass recycling in the next five years, leaving brand owners and retailers scrambling to fund additional consumer communication and collection education programs at the local level, FoodManufacture.co.uk reported May 7.

There is an estimated 2.8 million tonnes of container glass in the U.K.'s waste stream. As it stands, there are six manufacturers of container glass with a dozen production facilities in the U.K. and not enough remelting capacity to keep all of that glass out of the waste stream, the report says.

The U.K. government's goal is to increase national recycling and recovery rates to 62.4%, which means individual businesses would have to have a recycle rate of about 81% by 2017.

Because recycled glass is used for so many applications, including road building, the government has set a separate remelt target for obligated firms of 64% by 2017. That translates to an increased remelt rate of roughly 1.1 million tonnes by 2017 from the current 600,000 tonnes each year.

The primary source of this article is FoodManufacture.co.uk, Crawley, England, on May 7, 2012. 

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