ANFEVI: glass recycling avoids raw material extraction

ANFEVI, the organisation which represents Spain“s glass packaging manufacturers, said 23 January 2007 that the glass recycled in 2006 led to a saving of 900,000 tonnes of raw materials in Spain.
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ANFEVI, the organisation which represents Spain“s glass packaging manufacturers, said 23 January 2007 that the glass recycled in 2006 led to a saving of 900,000 tonnes of raw materials in Spain. For each tonnes of recycled glass there is a saving of 1.2 tonnes of raw materials, with a consequent reduction of the erosion resulting from prospecting and extraction, ANFEVI explained in a press release. In addition, container glass recycling contributes to the fulfillment of the Kyoto protocol, as a tonne of glass made from recycled containers uses 130 Kg less fuel than a tonne made from raw materials. Over the last ten years, glass recycling has resulted in a saving of 8,000 tonnes of oil equivalent, ANFEVI. A study carried out by Perfiles Institute for ANFEVI showed that 53% of Spaniards considered the main benefit of glass recycling to be the safeguarding of the environment, while 21% think the main benefit is economic.