Glass recycling: monopolies good for the climate?

ARD Morgenmagazin: CO2 emissions from glass production increase

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The destruction of the monopolies in the market for glass recycling by the Federal Government and the Federal Cartel Office could lead to drastic climate damage. This is reported today by the ARD Morgenmagazin and the WDR business show "markt". Afterwards, longer glass transport routes and the increased production of glass from raw materials cause large amounts of CO2 to be additionally blown into the atmosphere.


Just a few months ago, the Dual System Germany (DSD) gave the used glass cost-effectively. A purchasing center of the glass industry distributed it nationwide at the same prices to the nearest glassworks. Environmentally friendly, without long transport routes.

The former recycling monopoly of the German Dual System has already been smashed by the Bundeskartellamt. Also against the purchase monopoly of the glass industry runs a prohibition procedure. She was already forbidden to buy even old glass. Since the beginning of 2007, the used glass has been sold at a high price directly to the glassworks and often transported over long distances. As a result, prices for glass have risen by around 30 percent.

No more glass from waste glass?

Hans-Jürgen Schmidt from Rexam Glass on behalf of the German Association of the Glass Industry told ARD: "We have arrived on a scale where we have to think about changing our technology and instead of recycling used glass to make more glass from raw materials." Display

With absurd consequences: According to ARD calculations, an additional 7, 700 tons of CO2 per year are unnecessarily blown into the air by the comparatively small Rexam glassworks in Schleiden in the Eifel. And that at nationwide 30 glassworks. Added to this is the climate damage caused by extremely long transports of used glass. What that means for the small town of Düren alone, the ARD calculated by the Federal Environmental Agency: 57, 800 tons of unnecessary additional CO2 emissions per year.

Federal government wants high recycling rate

Confronted with these research results, the federal government is now in favor of maintaining the purchasing monopoly of the glass industry. Astrid Klug from the Federal Environment Ministry told ARD: "The very high recycling rates of around 90 percent suggest that the previous system works. We have to stick to the structure and make sure we get that high recycling rate. "

But the decision lies with the Federal Cartel Office. If it refuses to return to the old system, one thing is certain: Germany's tens of millions of tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions.

(WDR, 20.03.2007 - DLO)