There has been a lot of focus on packaging recycling in recent years and the release of the Packaging Strategy consultation and the 2009 recycling performance figures have reignited this debate.
The UK's glass industry employs around 100,000 people in primary, secondary and upstream/downstream activities. It is a vital industry in today's economy, creating a great range of products, many of which we take for granted.
British Glass has announced that Dave Dalton is to be appointed CEO of the British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation, James Chisholm as CFO and John Stockdale is to be promoted to the position of Environmental Director.
The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation is very pleased to announce that its new President is to be Stephen Pollock-Hill, Group Chairman and Managing Director of Nazeing Glass.
In his Pre-budget report the chancellor effectively indicated through changes in tax rules that he would increase the cost of UK manufacture of essential basic materials for the construction of wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaics, insulation and advanced thermal glazing.
On the back of some convincing consumer research, which shows that consumers throughout Europe favour glass as the preferred packaging material for their food and drink, a new character has emerged.
Billy Bottle, the British Glass recycling mascot, raced against 54 other mascots to win the Mascot Gold cup at the sunny Wetherby Races on 26 April 2009.
Figures from the National Packaging Waste Database showed that the UK recycled 1,613,000 tonnes of packaging glass - an increase of around 150,000 tonnes in twelve months. The result of this success is that the UK has successfully met the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive of 60%.
A recent survey of 6,200 households across 12 European countries (which included the UK) carried out by FEVE, and released today, finds that 74% of European consumers say glass is their preferred packaging material for food and beverage products, with 56% saying it best preserves taste.
On Wednesday 10 June David Workman, Director General of British Glass, will be debating on the issue of commingled waste with Richard Skehens, the MD of Grundon Waste Management and chair of ESA.
The "Reflated Process", run by a consortium which includes consultancy Glass Technology Services (GTS) Ltd, is a process to efficiently and innovatively recycle liquid crystal displays (LCDs) which has recently won a Rushlight Award - the Rushlight Waste Recycling Award.