Students of Environmental Science visit us at the FCC ámbito Glass Recycling plant

May 15, 2015 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

FCC ámbito Recycling glass collaborate for several years with the Huesca School of Technology by receiving students groups in our Recycling glass Facility in Cadrete (Zaragoza).

This time, students have been very attentive and interested about the process of recycling glass.

During the visit, the student group went over our recycling facility, observed the automatic treatment process of domestic glass for the production of glass cullet, and verified the importance of properly separate the glass by filling green igloos.

Glass Recycling in Magazine “Communication net”, by group FCC

September 10, 2014 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

We participate this month in Maganize “Communication Net”, published by Group FCC.

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Articulo Reciclaje de vidrio en Revista Red de Comunicación del grupo FCC


June 12, 2014 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

Glass Recycling FCC was invited as speaker by the National Association of Environmental Auditors and Verifiers (ANAVAM) to the conference on ‘Waste Recovery’ that took place on June 11 in the Forum Sustainable Environmental Solutions (FSMS).

This meeting was held in Madrid Fair IFEMA, during TECMA Fair (International Town Planning and Environment Trade Fair), in its 17th edition; and SRR (International Fair of Recovery and Recycling) in its 4th edition.

The conference was inaugurated by the President of the Association, Mrs. Trinidad Bausela Grajal, who is also the Director of BUROTEC CONSULTING. She began with data about European Union’s waste, which show that 2,700 tonnes of waste per year are discarded. Currently, around 40% of municipal waste is recycled, but the rest is landfilled or incinerated. The goal for 2020 is to reduce by 10% the weight of waste generated in 2010.

That is why management systems, which aim to enhance the main residues, are increasingly considerably. Waste sorting and recovery is a businesses opportunity and allows waste to be become raw material.

Currently, through Directive 2008/98 on waste, the following Regulations on recycling have been developed, they all are voluntary fulfillments:

  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 333/2011 of the Council of 31 March 2011 laying down criteria for determining when certain types of scrap metal cease to be waste.  
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1179/2012 of the Commission of 10 December 2012 establishing criteria for determining when cullet ceases to be waste.  
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 715/2013 of the Commission of 25 July 2013 laying down criteria for determining when copper scrap ceases to be waste.

Finally, Ms. Trinidad highlighted the importance and benefits in the recycling of these materials and their benefits to industry as a business opportunity.

Declassification waste an opportunity for businesses. European Union regulations and requirements.

The first speaker was D. José Rodríguez Magro, Forest Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Postgraduate in Environmental Management and over 20 years experience in the environmental sector, 15 of them in the field of certification and verification. He is currently Manager of AENOR Environment.

His presentation was about the opportunity for companies involved declassification of waste, thus explaining the regulations of the European Union and its requirements.

After briefly mentioning the role of AENOR as an entity dedicated to the development of Standardization and Certification; he explained Directive 2008/98 on waste, which determines the end of waste status and develops the three Regulations mentioned above (scrap, cullet and copper). D. Joseph Magro also explained that such regulations can be found in two parts:

  1. Requirements: contains specifications applied to each of the products, defining when exactly they cease to be waste, and self-monitoring.
  2. Requirements for systems management: responsible for ensuring compliance at the time of the environmental results obtained.

Finally, the speaker talked about the compatibility of these laws with ISO 14001 standard and how an Environmental Management System facilitates the implementation of those regulations.


The experience in the glass recycling industry.

The second presentation was given by D. Carlos Mallen Loras, BSc in Economics and Business from the University of Zaragoza and Master Business Administration from Southern Denmark Business School. For 9 years he is the General Manager of FCC – Recycling Glass.

Jornadas de Valorización de residuos en TECMA

Jornadas de Valorización de residuos en TECMA

The FCC Group is one of Europe’s leading environmental companies of Services and Infrastructure. One of its business lines is environmental services and the integral management of industrial waste. Regarding the recycling of glass, the group has three recycling plants in Spain.

D. Carlos Mallen began explaining the cycle of glass recycling: origin, collection, recycling plants, factories of new bottles, handlers and consumers, to finally bring it to landfill. This residue keeps its properties during the cycle, presenting environmental and economic benefits.

As regards Regulation, which sets when cullet becomes glass, the main advantage is the status of raw material, thus facilitating the paperwork. In conclusion, the speaker noted that the ISO 9001 and 14001 have helped them in compliance of Regulation and currently manages all together.


The experience in the scrap.

The final presentation was dedicated to the scrap and the speaker  was Ms. Gil Vega Oyaregui, Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, who has more than 10 years dedicated to the management and environmental engineering sector recovery. She is currently the Head of the Departments of Quality and Environment, Radiological Control and Prevention and the Lyrsa Group.

One of the main functional of the environmental Lyrsa Group is the integrated waste management. This Group has numerous treatment and recycling plants located throughout the Spanish geography.

The speaker began talking about the existing European waste policy, which sets the end-of-waste: Waste Directive 2008/98/EC and Regulation 333/2011 on scrap.

The Directive introduces the concept of product and end of waste status, which was not yet defined. Regarding the regulation is only applicable to materials processed by a waste manager.

Of all kind of metallic waste, noting that steel is the most recyclable, even the 80% recycling rate and is the most recycled material in the world. Also for example to produce aluminum from scrap there is a 95% saving in energy.

To close the conference, Ms. Gil Vega talked about their experience of implementing a verified management system, in order to get the best possible quality of the product.

Source: National Association of Environmental Auditors and Verifiers (ANAVAM)

Europe glass recycling rate passes 70% mark

April 4, 2014 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

Latest glass recycling figures for the EU show also there is now far more glass recycled than ever before. Since the 1990s, recycling rates for glass have increased by a whopping 131% in Europe. Using recycled glass replaces virgin raw materials in glass production which helps decouple resource use from economic growth: a proven role model of the circular economy.

Latest industry data – published ahead of the European Commission 2012 – confirm average glass recycling rates in the European Union have passed the 70% mark. This means that over 25 billion bottles and jars were collected throughout the European Union in 2012 to make new bottles. The savings in virgin resources could build two Egyptian pyramids.

 FEVE Tasas Reciclaje vidrio 2012 en Europa

All participants in the container glass value chain continue to contribute to these achievements. The glass industry designs and produces containers that can be effectively recycled in a closed loop system.

More needs to be done to improve the quality of collected glass that can be effectively recycled in a circular economy, as well as to collect the remaining 30% of used glass that currently is wasted. This industry effort supports the ambitious vision of the European Commission to build a “zero waste” and “resource efficient” society.


Source: The European Container Glass Federation

FCC AMBITO – GLASS RECYCLING is the first Spanish company to be verified in the Regulation 1179/2012

December 3, 2013 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

FCC AMBITO – GLASS RECYCLING is the first Spanish company to be verified in the Regulation 1179/2012, where criteria for defining when the cullet ceases to be waste are set up. This Regulation has been written under Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and Council and it is immediately applicable in the Member States.

This is a very interesting milestone in Glass Recycling sector because the recovery rate and efficiency of our glass recycling processes are recognized, making our facilities essential by transforming the waste to raw material.

This Verification of the FCC AMBITO – GLASS RECYCLING’s activity shows the vocation of commitment to the safety of its workers and facilities, customer satisfaction and respect for the environment, allowing to reach the highest levels of quality of its activities.

Verification of Glass Recycling process of FCC AMBITO

Flowers against Glass

October 15, 2013 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

During the celebration of El Pilar, ECOVIDRIO, together with the City of Zaragoza and “Zaragoza works”, has conducted an awareness campaign to promote the recycling of glass in different areas of Zaragoza.

In this way, ECOVIDRIO has placed more glass igloos at strategic points in Zaragoza, and under the title “Today’s offering is for you. Recycle and Enjoy”, ECOVIDRIO has distributed charming bouquets of white flowers for the Offering to the Virgin Pilar, to those who will come to the igloo with glass bottles or jars.


77.6% of Spanish households ensures always to recycle their glass containers

April 4, 2013 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

77.6% of Spanish households ensures always to recycle their glass containers, according to the latest study conducted by Ecovidrio.

Ecovidrio, the nonprofit association that manages the recycling of glass packaging containers deposited in Spain, has conducted an opinion survey, developed over 2012, which shows as a main conclusion, 77.6% of Spanish households ensures always recycle their glass containers. That is, of 100  Spanish households, 77 households deposit glass containers in green igloos, thus enabling recycling. Furthermore, according to this study, citizens are more and more committed to the recycling of this material. Specifically, in regard to the type of packaging, is recycled by 8.3% more glass jars and and  3% bottles, which represents a 5.6% increase in recycling of glass containers, compared to 2011.

On the other hand, Navarra (93.9%), Aragón (89.5%) and La Rioja (88.9%), stand above the rest, being communities that say always to recycle their glass containers.

Another highlight of the study findings, developed by the market research institute GFK, means that on average, the households surveyed, has acquired the habit of recycling glass for almost a decade.

As for the motivations that lead to Spanish people to deposit their packages in the igloo, 50.2% say they do so for environmental awareness. Thus, 86% of respondents understood that citizen participation is critical in the chain and glass recycling, 82% say they know the benefits of recycling and conservation of resources and raw materials. In addition, 96% are aware of the need to care and protect the environment.

Source: Ecovidrio

Every Spanish recycled 43 glass containers in 2011

July 12, 2012 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

How many glass containers have you placed into the green Igloo during 2011? – Every citizen should ask him/herself this question, and if the answer is more than 43 containers, congratulations!, you recycled more than the average.

According Ecovidrio, nonprofit association that manages the Recycling of glass packaging containers deposited in Spain, the Spanish have recycled a total of 678,742,983 kilo of glass in 2011, which means that each citizen placed in his nearest igloo an average of 43 glass bottles (14.4 kg of waste glass containers).

Besides the glass collected in containers, we must add the glass from sorting plants, which totaled 2,440 tons. Thus, the total managed by Ecovidrio glass in 2011 was 681,183 tons.

Spain is the country with greater allocation of containers per inhabitant in Europe.

Regarding the number of containers, Ecovidrio installed last year 3,353 new collection points, reaching a total of 174,799 glass igloos placed throughout the national territory. Spain is currently the country with the highest per capita allocation of containers in Europe, achieving a ratio of an igloo for every 270 citizens.

Spain exceeds the guidelines of laws in Spain and Europe, in this issue, and reflects the good path we follow in infrastructure. Since 1998, the provision of containers has grown over 200% in Spain, currently getting any citizen has a container at 150 meters. Ecovidrio facilitates recycling of glass and the approximately 8,000 municipalities of Spain.


Environmental benefits of glass recycling in 2011.

With 681,183 tons of recycled glass, we reduced 274,516 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The recycled glass requires less heat to melt than raw materials, and thus, in the manufacture of new glass containers from recycled glass, avoid issuing CO2.

Moreover, with the amount of recycled glass in 2011 we have prevented the extraction of 817,000 tonnes of raw materials.



Gonzalo Mateo, finalist in the second edition of FCC Eco-efficiency Awards

March 6, 2012 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

Foto de grupo, II premios Eco-eficiencia del Grupo FCCFCC has given its II Eco-efficiency Awards. The president of Citizens Services Group, Falcones, and Esther and Alicia Alcocer counselors have given awards to the winners of the Second Edition in a ceremony held in Torre Picasso last March 6.

One of the FCC’s main objectives is to become eco-efficiency as a companies’ hallmark. These awards are an international initiative aimed at rewarding ideas and/or actions taken by the employees of Citizens Services Group anywhere in the world.

All nominations submitted to the second edition of these Eco-efficiency Awards were evaluated by a technical committee constituted by members of the FCC’s Innovation Committee. After an initial assessment, its members selected 11 finalists. In the next phase, top executives of the several business areas of FCC chose the winners. The finalists were awarded diplomas.

Gonzalo Mateo S.L. was one of 11 finalists for this year, thanks to our ongoing commitment to improve the efficiency of our process, both from the standpoint of environmental and economic. To do this, Gonzalo Mateo continually performs research and analysis of the options for waste management of domestic and industrial glass having as ultimate goal to recycle almost all the waste we manage.


Glass recycling and separate waste collection: Key drivers towards a circular economy

February 21, 2012 · Uncategorized · Comentario 

From: FEVE The European Container Glass Federation.

A report published today by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) for the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) says separated waste collection schemes should be widely supported if we are to build a circular economy for glass packaging. It stated that Europe needs to use its resources much more sparingly by recycling more, meaning we need higher collection rates and higher quality of collected glass.   The report concludes that only glass bottles and jars collected separately will result in both a higher quantity and quality of post consumer glass (cullet) availability that can save resources to make new packaging.

Glass stands out as one of the best examples of the closed loop production model because it is one of the most effectively recycled materials in Europe (67% on average).  This is not only because of its natural characteristics – it is 100% and infinitely recyclable – but also because of well established separate collection schemes. More can be done however and the study highlights some good practices.  More recycled glass brings major benefits for the environment because when recycled glass is used, fewer raw materials are extracted, less waste is generated, less energy is used and less CO2 is emitted.

“Last year, more than 25bn bottles and jars were collected in Europe, while almost 100% of the glass collected is used, the vast majority of it well over 80% is actually recycled in a bottle-to-bottle production system supporting a circular economy” observes Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General. “The better the quality of the glass collected the more we can recycle in a bottle to bottle system. This type of glass recycling is not only a local industry but also brings major economic and environmental benefits. We strongly support the findings of this timely study which underpins the importance given to recycling in the EU’s waste hierarchy.”


The kind of collection scheme as well as the quantity and quality of post@consumer glass collected in a closed–loop recycling system were amongst the most important assessment criteria to define good practices. Eight case studies were selected for the purpose of this study: Intradel, Liège Province (Belgium), Municipality of Graz (Austria), LIPOR, Greater Porto Intermunicipal Waste Company (Portugal), Municipality of Maastricht (Netherlands), Municipality of Lippe (Germany),  Canton of Geneva (Switzerland), City of Grand Besançon (France), Municipality of Odense (Denmark).


The research demonstrates single stream glass collection provides a high quantity and quality of recycled glass for recycling. In the study, the post consumer glass selectively collected varies from case to case: 13 kg/inhabitant/ year (in Porto) to 47 kg/inhabitant/year (in the Canton of Geneva), underlying the differences not only in performance but also in glass packaging use as well as the existence of deposit schemes competing with municipal collection. Conclusions

Separate collection schemes and glass recycling are key drivers in a circular glass “bottleBtoB bottle” production. Where it is in place, the separated collection scheme may need further optimization. Where other systems are in place, separated collection should be supported and given preference. The following factors are considered as key for effective collection and recycling:

• Accessibility and high number of bottle banks (e.g. Maastricht)

• Cleanliness and maintenance of bottle banks (e.g. Intradel)

• Clear and Simple communications to residents (e.g. Graz)

• Frequent rate of collection to avoid over filling of bottle banks (e.g. Canton of Geneva)

• Separate glass collection by colour type (e.g. Lippe)

• Glass bottle banks placed/located in ‘popular’ central areas (e.g. Porto)

• Higher quality directly dependent from better handling at collection source (e.g. Odense)

• Local and Regional Authorities (LRAs) to introduce advanced systems: underground street bottle banks (e.g. Intradel)


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