Spain: bottle recycling up 10% in 2005

According to the latest data from Ecovidrio, Spaniards recycled 9.5% more container glass waste in 2005 than the previous year. The amount of glass deposited in collection containers increased from 46…

According to the latest data from Ecovidrio, Spaniards recycled 9.5% more container glass waste in 2005 than the previous year. The amount of glass deposited in collection containers increased from 468,512 tonnes in 2004 to 513,302 tonnes in 2005, a rise of 44,789 tonnes. Another 231,298 tonnes of container glass waste was recovered from other sources including bottling plants for an annual grand total of 744,600 tonnes. The figure is equivalent to a recycling rate of 45% of the container glass in circulation for the year. In 2005, Ecovidrio reported that 10,663 more recycling containers were provided for the public, a rise of 9.1% to 127,155. In order to reach EU-mandated targets, Ecovidrio is aiming to increase recycling in the catering and hostelry sector, which consumes 48% of container glass. Ecovidrio has highlighted the increases in recovery in Extremadura (up 29%), Cantabria (19%), Catalunya (16%) and Galicia (12%) compared to 2004; all recorded increases above the national average rise of 9.5%. The list of the most enthusiastic recyclers is headed by the Basque Country (21.6 Kg/per person), followed by La Rioja (20Kg/per person) and the Balearic Islands (19.7 kg/per person).