Europe’s natural water sector has joined the Close the Glass Loop industry stewardship programme initiated by FEVE.

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

EFBW, which represents European natural mineral and spring water producers, said it was proud to join the platform.

Natural mineral waters packed in glass are an important component of our members’ offer to European consumers, especially in the HORECA sector”, said Patricia Fosselard, EFBW Secretary General.

“For decades, natural mineral and spring water producers have led the way, protecting their sources and carefully packaging their product so that it reaches consumers as nature intended.

“The packaging used by the industry is fully recyclable and already achieves a high recycling rate (76% for glass).

“Producers are committed to further improve their environmental performance. We believe that it is crucial that every bottle is collected, recycled, and given a second life. That’s why we support the Close the Glass Loop pledge to achieve a 90% collection target.”