Glass derives from Glass: in Italy the glass industry knows no crisis

From the event “glass derives from glass”, Assovetro (National Association of Industrialists of the glass) and CoReVe (Consortium Recovery glass), shows that the glass, environmentally friendly material par excellence, has exceeded the positive sign in 2011.

Last year, in fact, the production of glass packaging marked an increase of 1, 77% over the previous year, and the glass container industry has used more than 2 million tons of recycled glass (+7.6% compared to previous year ‘),thereby saving more than 3 million barrels of oil and over 2 million tons of CO2.

Reciclo vetro

Recycling glass

Even as regards starting to recycle waste glass packaging continues the positive trend: in 2011 the national recycled packaging waste amounted to 1,570,302tons, an increase of about 100 thousand tonnes, corresponding to 6.8% in the previous year, reaching a recycling rate equal to 68.1%, up more than 8 pointscompared to the European objective, fixed in 60%. This quantity has beenreused in the glass for the production of new containers.
The glass packaging from the waste collection in Italy has seen an increase of over 6% from last year, reaching about 1,700,000 tons. This increase in absolute terms, however, you should compare with a quality collection ofnational toil and stood still at the highest levels. It is estimated, in fact, that about15.5% of the quantities produced by Italian Municipalities can not be recycled in the production cycle and end up in landfills because of poor quality in the collection.

Glass containers for beverages and foods are preferred by 74% of Italian consumers (65% Europeans) because they preserve the taste of food orbeverages that contain and will not harm the environment (they are 100% recyclable and to ‘infinity) . This preference for glass has remained constant over the years.
Against an overall increase in production in 2011 1, 77%, within the glass packaging industry has increased production of bottles of 0.84% over the previous year, production of the bottles for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics of 3.60%, 13% of the food vessel.

To give a measure of the role of recycling in the area, just think that in ten dark bottles (most common), nine are produced from recycled glass from the waste collection, a high percentage of recycled glass (45%) is also found in clearbottles, which, to be produced, they need to scrap colorless. Just to improve the quality of the cullet, in some cities such as Verona and Ferrara, have been launched to collect different color.



Italian Leader in Europe for the recycling of wastes

The study “The eco-efficient recycling” emerges that Italywith 33 million tons of recovered materialsis leader in Europe, after Germany. Recycling has allowed us to avoid CO2 emissions equivalent to 53 million tons. The analysis was made by the Institute of Environment research Ambiente Italia, in its third edition, has been facilitated by the recycling and recovery Kyoto commissioned by the club and fund the recycling of packaging made from Cial, CNA, Comieco, Corepla, Rilegno and Conai.

According to the study, recycling in Italy has avoided CO2 emissions amountedto 53 million tons in 2010, 10% of total emissions which Italy is responsible in a year.

The secondary materials have become a global market, with differences between one product and another, plastics, paperscrap metal, aluminum and copper materials are characterized by a second world market, woodglass and lead, instead, on the continental market Europe. The aggregates, national and sub national markets.



According to 2010 data, the global exports of the nine major secondary materials worth more than $ 90 billion and the total quantity exported amounted to 200 million tons.

The study finds that overall, the eco-industry at Community level (that is, the Europe of 27 countries) has increased its turnover by 232 billion euros in 2004 to 319 billion in 2008, with an annual growth rate rated by 8,3% and a value that represents 2.5% of European GDP and, immediately after the renewable energy sector, the recycling of waste has been the most dynamic area with a growth rateequal to 17% per annum.Not to mention that, after the waste management and water supply, recycling (even excluding all manufacturing industry related to it) is the most important eco-industry and the employment of more than half a million employees permanently employed.



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