Edda Rädlein*, (TU Ilmenau | Germany)
If we aim at achieving a circular economy, we must be able to provide strategies for the reuse of glass products, for maintenance and increase high material recycling quotas and be open to new technologies. Germany’s well-established returnable bottle system is an almost perfect example of product recycling, albeit in a small segment for certain beverages. On the other hand, recycling non-packaging glass is tremendously far from closed cycles.
The glass packaging market has grown slowly but successfully despite the concurrence of PET and other plastics. Producers will struggle with even higher energy prices and introduce an increasing share of renewable energies. Consumers are aware of glass being one way out of the increasing amount of packaging waste. Which future tasks result from this situation?
Three main topics arise for container glass:
Knowledge of the best practice examples is to be transferred to non-container glasses.
An overview of the status quo of demands is given to trigger the contribution of more ideas and impetus for glass recycling.