Position paper on fines

21-12-2020

The objective of this document is to argue for an increased recycled content in the production of new glass packaging to absorb the increased glass collection.

FERVER, the European Federation of Glass Recyclers, is an International Non-Profit Organization, created in 2004 under Belgian law by private companies active in the collection and recycling of glass. The federation currently gathers 40 members from 14 EU-countries and 4 non-EU-countries, active in the recycling of waste glass into high quality cullet - a key and valuable raw material used by the glass manufacturing industry to produce new products. Those members are jointly responsible for the recycling of approximately 70% of the total packaging glass waste collected in the European Union.

FERVER was, together with FEVE (the Federation of European manufacturers of glass containers), one of the most active stakeholders in Sevilla during the setup of the Commission Regulation (EU) No 1179/2012 of 10 December 2012 establishing criteria determining when glass cullet ceases to be waste under Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and becomes a product.

Members of FERVER make intensive use of the above-mentioned regulation as globally more than 95% of their production of recycled glass, the so called ‘Furnace Ready Cullet’ (FRC) is handled under the European regime of End of Waste (EOW).

The objective of this document is to argue for an increased recycled content in the production of new glass packaging to absorb the increased glass collection.