Over 200 packaging companies join Ecovidrio’s new Business Waste Prevention Plans

The main goals of the new Business Waste Prevention Plans are to minimise the quantity of glass container waste produced, to promote container recyclability and to reduce the environmental footprint associated with the packaging process. Ecovidrio has carried out almost ten advisory service actions to review packaging systems and promote improvements in plants. For this three-year period, the Business Waste Prevention Plans contain 62 prevention measures applicable to the entire lifecycle of the container. The strategy is in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, over 200 bottling companies from the beer, wine, spirits and cider sectors, amongst others, have signed up for Ecovidrio’s Business Waste Prevention Plans 2020-2022. Ecovidrio is the non-profit organisation responsible for managing waste glass container recycling in Spain.

Coinciding with the European Week for Waste Prevention, an initiative to promote and raise awareness of sustainable management of waste and resources, Ecovidrio is continuing to encourage all types of glass container packaging companies to join the scheme. Moreover, in order to ensure high ecodesign quality standards, Ecovidrio is offering member companies expert advisory services to review and implement sustainable measures throughout the glass container lifecycle. Almost ten activities of this type have been carried out this year.   

In addition, Ecovidrio will offer technical monitoring assistance up to 2022 to encourage the participation of bottling companies in these plans, to provide support in the identification and registration of prevention measures, and to validate waste prevention declarations submitted.

The aim of Ecovidrio’s ecodesign and waste prevention strategy is to contribute to the transition to a circular economy and the production of more environmentally sustainable glass containers. The Ecovidrio Business Waste Prevention Plans 2020-2022 contain 62 prevention measures, the objectives of which include: to minimise the quantity of container waste produced in the bottling process; to drive accompanying measures that enable the involvement of all actors in the value chain; to reduce the environmental footprint associated with the packaging process, through actions that reduce resource consumption and the emissions associated with the entire glass container lifecycle; and to improve the recyclability of containers by introducing changes in the composition of the material and by implementing the best available technologies.

This ecodesign strategy has been carried out in cooperation with actors from the glass container recycling chain and the bottling industry, such as: Cerveceros de España (Spanish Brewers’ Association), Federación Española del Vino (Spanish Wine Federation – FEV), Espirituosos España (Spanish Spirits Federation); the Asociación Española de Sidras (Spanish Cider Association – AESI); the Asociación de Fabricantes de Envases de Vidrio (Spanish Association of Glass Container Manufacturers – ANFEVI), and the Agrupación Nacional de Reciclado de Vidrio (Spanish Glass Recycling Cluster – ANAREVI).