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Glass: Recycling

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 478, tabled on 10 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 16 June 2020 to Question 58093 on Glass: Recycling and the consultation response entitled Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, published on 26 March 2022, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the decision to exclude glass containers from the deposit return scheme on projected glass recycling rates.

Answered on

17 May 2022

Where glass drinks containers are not included in a deposit return scheme (DRS), the Government assesses a recycling rate for all glass packaging of 84% by 2033. Feedback from stakeholders, including representatives of the glass industry, raised concerns that including glass in a DRS could reduce recycling, reduce the products that can be made from recycled glass and increase overall carbon emissions.