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UK Sets Glass Recycling Targets

4 December 2009

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the UK has set targets for businesses to recycle glass packaging.

The first recycling targets, which will reflect the relative carbon savings from open or closed loop processes, could start as soon as 2011, Defra said.

The proposal is aimed to create more incentives for more material to be sent to be re-melted, which Defra claims saves 0.3 tons of CO2 equivalent per ton of glass reprocessed.

Currently targets have been set up until 2010 and Defra said it plans to increase the business targets incrementally to 2020.

The future actions would include higher targets for aluminium and plastics in light of potential carbon savings, the department said.