The Glass Packaging Forum

This page has information on the Glass Packaging Forum, an accredited voluntary product stewardship scheme, which encourages the recycling and re-use of glass.

About the scheme

Accredited: 3 May 2010 for 7 years

The scheme provides funding for innovative projects that develop alternative uses for local waste glass and provide infrastructure to aid the collection of colour-separated glass. The scheme also supports and promotes efficient use of glass in packaging.

The scheme is funded by levies from members of the Glass Packaging Forum Incorporated.

Read more about the scheme on the Glass Packaging Forum website.

Products covered

  Scheme scope

Scheme manager

Glass packaging

New Zealand-wide.


Covers glass bottles and glass containers used for packaging.


The scheme does not include local government, recycling operators and community recycling networks. They fund their own glass collection and recycling.

The Glass Packaging Forum.

The scheme’s progress

The scheme covers around 80 per cent of businesses that manufacture or use glass packaging in New Zealand.

It provides annual data on the mass balance of glass used, recovered and recycled in New Zealand as a percentage of estimated glass consumption.

New Zealand’s glass recycling rate in the 2015/16 financial year was about 73 per cent. This amount is consistent with the European Union average for glass recycling.

A number of successful infrastructure and research projects were funded in the 2015-16 period. Examples of these projects can be found on the scheme’s website.

Find out more

Read about glass recycling initiatives and the scheme’s product stewardship accreditation [Glass Packaging Forum’s website].