The Hospitality sector joins Close the Glass Loop

The European hospitality sector – represented by HOTREC – joins Close the Glass Loop – the major multi-stakeholder stewardship programme for glass packaging launched in June 2020

The Close the Glass Loop platform has the objective to achieve a post-consumer glass container collection target of 90 percent by 2030, and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop to come back as a new packaging.

HOTREC – the umbrella Association of Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafes and similar establishments in Europe, which brings together 45 National associations in 34 countries – has now decided to join Close the Glass Loop programme.

“We are delighted to join the Close the Glass Loop platform. HOTREC fully supports the promotion of sustainable, responsible and high-quality tourism. In particular, we encourage our members to use resources and deal with waste management in the best possible way in order to pursue new business development and improve daily operations,” says Marie Audren, HOTREC Director General. “By working together with the Close the Glass Loop partners to an increased collection and endless recycling of glass packaging we help to drive sustainability throughout our value chain.”

“Close the Glass Loop” aims to unite the glass packaging value chain under a multi-stakeholder European programme supported by 11 national level action plans. HOTREC members will cooperate with the national glass value chains across Europe to share best practices of glass collection & recycling that bring about operational and practical solutions to increase the collection and recycling of glass packaging in Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafés (HORECA).

“Hotels, Restaurants, Bars and Cafés are a major point of consumption for products packed in glass and are a major focus of Close the Glass Loop. We are pleased to work together to increase bottle-to-bottle recycling,” stated Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General, on behalf of Close the Glass Loop partners. “The collaboration with HOTREC will help us better understand the specific challenges and issues faced by HORECA operators to collect & recycle glass. We want to be a solution-provider to the HORECA channel to improve the glass collection & recycling rates to contribute to the sector’s sustainability strategy.”