Have no doubts
1. Does Ecovidrio earn any profit from the glass recycling ?
Ecovidrio is a non-profit organization. Our finance comes mainly from the obliged companies that have joined our system, via the Green Dot scheme. In this way, we obtain financing from the commercializing of glass packaging waste to use for the production of new ones.
All this income, independently of where it comes from, is invested in the entire process of glass recycling. We destine this financing to the integrated management of the recycling chain (bins, collection, processing), the development of communication and awareness raising campaigns to mobilise citizens, as well as the implementation of prevention plans and eco-design of glass packagings.
2.What is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme?
The Packaging and Waste Packaging Directive establishes that businesses may fulfil their legal obligations by participating in an Extended Producer Responsibilty Scheme.
These systems guarantee that the objectives of recycling are met. This objective prevails over others such as obtaining economic benefits; for this reason the entities that manage the EPR schemes are constituted as non-profits organisations.
At Ecovidrio, we offer a universal free public service to all citizens. That is to say, we collect all the glass packaging waste all over the national territory and we guarantee 100% recycling of everything we collect.
3.What is the Green Dot?
Since the entry into force of the Law 11/97 on Packaging and Waste Packaging, all packaging companies have the obligation to recover the waste packaging from the products they place in the market, so that they can be recycled and their value recovered.
In this sense, and to comply with the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility, these companies may join an EPR Scheme. The green dot is the distinguishing mark that shows that the packaging company is complying with the legislation and financing the recycling of the glass packaging through the EPR.
4.Why should I recycle if I already pay my taxes?
The taxes that citizens pay to the Town Council for rubbish cover the non-recyclable domestic waste collection service and street cleaning. The collection of glass packaging waste is 100% financed by Ecovidrio and does not entail any cost for the citizen. It can be carried out in two ways:
- Direct management by Ecovidrio: we look after the placing of the bins, their maintenance, collection and transport.All these operations are carried out at no cost whatsoever to the local government or the citizen.
- Management by the local government: the Town Council covers these functions. From Ecovidrio we finance the additional cost over and above the ordinary collection system.
5.How much of a glass packaging is used after recycling?
Glass packaging waste are 100% recyclable. One glass packaging waste gives life to another one that is exactly the same, without any loss of quality. This process prevents the extraction of raw materials, saves energy and reduces CO2 to the atmosphere.
6.How is the glass recycling rate calculated?
The Ministry of the Environment is in charge of collecting all the data related to glass recycling in Spain. This information is the result of aggregating various sources:
Ecovidrio provides the recycling figures from the green bins and other sources. Both figures are subjected to strict audits.
In the same way, the Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Envases de Vidrio (ANFEVI) (National Association of Glass Packaging Manufacturers) and SIGRE Medicamentos y Medio Ambiente (SIGRE Medications and the Environment) also supply their data.
7. What are the environmental benefits of recycling glass?
We reduce the volume of waste going to landfill:
By recycling 3 glass bottles we prevent the depositing of 1 kg of rubbish to landfill.
Reducimos las emisiones de CO2emissions to the atmosphere
Recycled glass reduces CO2 emissions regarding the use of raw materials. By recycling glass, we preserve air quality and stop pollution effects.
We prevent the extraction of raw materials
Recycled glass enables the manufacture of glass packaging waste an infinite number of times, in this way preventing the extraction of raw materials from nature.
Recycling just 3 bottles of glass can achieve great things.
We save enough energy to keep a low energy light bulb lit for 9 days.
We get enough energy to run a washing machine three times.
We can wash the clothing of a family of 4 three times.
We can charge a Smartphone for a year.
8. What should be deposited in the green glass bin?
The green bins placed on the street for this purpose are only for the recycling of glass packaging waste. In other words: jars and bottles that must be deposited without lids or corks. Other materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, as well as crystal (drinking glasses) are not recyclable via the green bin given that their composition is not the same as that of the glass used in packaging.
9.Why can only bottles and jars be deposited in the green bin?
The glass that bottles and jars are made from is 100% recyclable; one container can be used to produce another with exactly the same characteristics. Other materials and objects such as ceramic, porcelain or crystal should not be deposited in the green bins.
Ceramic and porcelain need a higher melting temperature because of their different chemical composition. This aspect can affect the process of making new glass packagings. In the same way, crystal glasses and flutes should not be deposited in the green bin because they contain elements that damage the ovens where the glass is melted.
On the other hand, glass packagings from the use of medications follow a different recycling circuit.