Austria Glas Recycling GmbH (AGR) has announced that it collected more waste glass in 2013 than in any other year since the start of Austrian waste glass collections more than 35 years ago. Last year, nearly 234,000 tonnes of glass bottles and jars were collected for recycling. Compared with 2012, the collection volume had increased by more than 3,500 tonnes. The average amount per inhabitant stood at 26.8 kg. A decade earlier, the figure was lower by 2.2 kg per person.
AGR believes that the excellent collection results should be mainly credited to the Austrian citizens. The second important factor was the structure of the waste glass recycling system, which AGR and its partners had continued to develop over the course of nearly four decades. It was these improvements that made further increases in collections possible, despite the already high level already achieved.
AGR's managing director Harald Hauke considers the Austrian collection system to be among the best in the world. He recalled that because AGR is operated as a non-profit, all of the proceeds from the organisation's activities flow back into the system.