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Considerable success for EU glass recycling

Europe – Latest figures show far more glass is being recycled than ever before in Europe. In 2012, more than 25 billion bottles and jars were collected throughout the EU to make new bottles. According to glass industry data, EU consumption of products packaged in glass increased by 39% between 1990 and 2012 whereas glass recycling climbed at the much quicker pace of 131% over the same period.
Recycling brings about a reduction in the raw materials, carbon dioxide and energy expended to produce new bottles. The EU glass industry calculates that 189 million tonnes of raw materials have been saved and 138 million tonnes of waste has not gone to landfill thanks to recycling.

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