This market segment has the following specific feature: 97% of the collected glass comprises unbroken glass containers which, after cleaning and disinfection, are reused as packages for juices, beverages, etc.
The remaining 3% of the collected glass (glass scrap) is used as source materials for glass industry. Taking into account the fact that the proportion of recycled glass reaches 20% and that the total amount of glass collected in 2009 was 3,277.2 thousand tons, in 2009 the recycled glass made up 655.4 thousand tons.
In general, the chain of glass tare collection has been developed almost in all populated localities. It is facilitated by the simplicity of glass collecting process and the interests of manufacturers utilizing this type of waste products.
Import and Export of Glass Waste
Over the last several years, it was the first time in 2009 when the volume of import of glass waste reduced (vs. 2008 by 16.5% in physical terms and 40.4% in monetary terms).
Almost a half of the imported glass waste amount falls on the Company “Satre,” LLC. The company is importing from Ukraine into Russia the broken bottle and window glass to be used by the Voronezh glass tare plant. The Joint Stock Company “Agroalgade” runs second, making up 20.1% of the total import volume. The company is supplying colorless broken glass from Lithuania to the Close Joint Stock Company “Veda-Pak” (the Leningrad Oblast). The third position in glass waste import is held by the DP “Rybtorgservice” which contributes 19.5% to the total import volume. The imported goods comprise the broken glass for the “Aktis” Company (the Rostov Oblast).
Most of the glass waste is imported from Ukraine into Russia for those companies that are located in the regions adjacent to the border line. In 2009, the share of Ukraine in the total import volume reached 78.8%.
From 2008 – 2009, glass waste export from Russia was only occasional and insignificant.
Specific Features of the Russian Market of Glass Waste
The Russian market of glass waste is formed mostly through the domestic collection of glass, while import adds an insignificant amount to its volume. According to the research results obtained by Abercade, in 2009 the Russian market increased in physical terms by 12.5 thousand tons (or 1.9%) vs. 2008.
As to the structure of glass waste consumption by Russian manufacturers, the dominating position is held by colorless glass (CG) with the share of 55.8% of the overall consumption volume. The proportions of green (20%) and brown (14.9%) glass within the consumption structure are also significant.