van Notten, director of the institute for sustainable glass
packaging that has just been set up in the Netherlands, says
that since bottle banks were introduced in 1978, glass re-use
has rapidly increased to reach about 80%. “We have maintained
the same percentage for years now; it's a good result, but 90%
is a very ambitious objective. The last mile is where the effort
is hardest, and we need to get everyone involved in achieving
that last 10%.
achieve its goals, the institute is counting on an improvement
of municipal infrastructure (more bottle banks, on the right
sites) and logistics (emptying and cleaning the containers as
often as necessary), combined with reminders that significant
progress can still be made in the next few years. This is
demonstrated by the surveys carried out by local authorities.
Monitoring of the performance of bottle banks, as well as tests
and analysis of sorting, show that many local authorities can
continuously improve their policies and collect even more
high-quality glass. The institute is able to advise local
authorities and helps them with information and promotion.
(Milieu Magazine, Netherlands, www.milieumagazine.nl)