British Glass CEO calls for continued glass circularity

British Glass CEO Dave Dalton has called on the new UK government to keep glass recycling circular to achieve the industry’s 2050 vision.

The company estimated that over 3 million tonnes of glass is manufactured each year and the UK glass industry is a market worth over £2.2 billion. It said it is “imperative” that the glass industry continues to work directly with government and other stakeholders.

British Glass indicated that sustainable growth is achievable through working with government on three key strategic pillars, each intended to solidify the glass industry position in the UK economy and wider manufacturing industry:

  • Power decarbonisation
  • UK circularity: Keeping glass packaging out of DRS schemes will “maximise” glass collected for recycling and “ensure interoperability” between nations. British Glass added that processed waste glass should not be exported to allow for a true UK circular economy, and flat glass recycling can be increased through policy reform
  • Futureproof skills: Attracting new talent into the industry


Dalton said: “We must continue to engage with policymakers and industry partners to overcome challenges and implement effective solutions. Our commitment to decarbonisation, circularity, and skills development will pave the way for a greener and more prosperous future for the UK glass industry.”

The British Glass policy position document can be found here.

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