GlassFlow 2012

A review of the quantity of glass packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2012. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2017.

Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2012 is 2,399k tonnes, a decrease of 354k tonnes from the previous estimate
  • Using the new POM figure of 2,399k tonnes suggests the UK achieved a 68% recycling rate in 2012, higher than previous estimate of 59%
  • The estimate was found to be just over 350k tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 14% of glass packaging in the UK

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