Trade debates lightweight bottle use

18 March, 2008

Members of the wine industry have agreed to work together to increase the number of lightweight glass bottles they use.

At a forum held by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and Waste & Resources Action Programme in London last Friday, the industry and its supply chain met for the first time to discuss what can be done to increase the availability of lightweight glass bottles in the UK wine sector.

Results of a recent study by WRAP found that lightweight glass bottles weighing 365g and made of 92 per cent recycled content produced 167 grammes less of carbon dioxide than a regular bottle weighing 496g and made with 81 per cent recycled content from the time they were bottled to being sold.

John Corbet-Milward, WSTA head of technical and international affairs, said: “This is a challenge facing the whole industry because it’s clear the UK wine sector needs to reduce the thousands of tonnes of packaging waste it produces every year.

“We are pleased to have brought industry players face to face and delighted they have agreed to work more closely in future on the issue of lighter weight bottles.”

Those presenting at the forum included WRAP, Constellation Europe, Kingsland Wine & Spirits, Quinn Glass and Ardagh Glass.

Debate centred on the barriers to the introduction of lightweight bottles, likely UK demand and the levels of commitment and capital investment required to answer industry needs.




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