Ravasi (Assovetro): “The glass company is social sustainability”

The price of glass cullet is one of the issues that most worries companies in the sector

“Assovetro means 68 companies, 102 production sites, almost 17 thousand employees – and related industries are worth at least double – something we always highlight, because glass is sustainability but the glass company is social sustainability, 98% are temporary undetermined”. Thus Marco Ravasi, president of Assovetro, in the report presented at the annual meeting of Assovetro, this morning in Rome.

The price of glass cullet is one of the issues that most worries companies in the sector. This is one of the themes that emerged in the course of the report.

“This is one of the issues that worries us the most, we have debated it a lot – he explains – We are dealing with a product, glass, which is unique because it is infinitely recyclable and also reusable. We are dealing with a system, that of Coreve, which has achieved values ​​of excellence in Europe in terms of recycling capacity: we collect and put 80.6% back into the ovens. Nobody does it, the others are far away. But this system is at risk of implosion”.

In particular, Ravasi points out the question of prices: “The system works through auctions, today the cost of scrap has reached values ​​around 200 euros; which means that the final cost, reintroduced into the furnace, is three times the cost of the materials We are very worried because we believe that there is not only a business logic but there is a logic of environmental balance; that is, we need to make sure that the glassworks are not forced to go back to raw materials leaving the scrap on the streets”.

Then “we cannot lose competitiveness” and “we must remain the first packaging manufacturer in Europe, the third in the world”, he concludes.