WRAP is working with industry to increase bulk imports of wine to be filled in UK-manufactured bottles, creating further demand for recycled green glass and ensuring a more sustainable use of this resource.
Using recycled materials in the manufacture of wine packaging has a number of advantages, including reduced raw material and energy usage, which can lead to cost savings and environmental improvements.
Around 80% of imported wine arrives in the UK in glass bottles. Most is shipped in green glass, which is not commonly reused or recycled for glass manufacture in the UK, where clear glass is predominantly used for spirit and food packaging. To take advantage of this abundance of recyclable material, WRAP has been working with UK glass manufacturers to produce more green wine bottles using higher recycled content.
By increasing bulk importing, WRAP’s GlassRite Wine project has increased recycled green glass use in the UK by nearly 44,000 tonnes since 2006. This figure is predicted to grow substantially in future.
- Further information on the benefits and opportunities of using recycled glass.
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How to calculate recycled content in glass
WRAP’s Recycled Glass Content Toolkit helps packaging and product decision makers in the UK to understand more about calculating recycled content in glass containers and the glass manufacturing process.