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Security Tags

British Glass represents the UK Glass Industry and related suppliers across various sectors, including container, flat, glass, domestic, crystal and scientific.

British Glass recognises that product losses due to theft have been estimated by retailers to be 2% of sales value and that therefore there is a need to address this issue.

The “Essential Requirements”, as set out in European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC, state that packaging must be recoverable through material recycling. The addition of self-adhesive security tags may compromise this obligation, for although some types of security tag may be detected and removed from recycled glass during treatment, this cannot be guaranteed across all types of security tag which contain various metal and mineral components.

The presence of high volumes of security tags in recycled glass will result in higher loses of glass during the treatment process, adverse colouring effects, reduced productivity and product quality problems.

An alternative already exists in the form of a reusable or ‘hard tag’ which can be attached to the neck of the container and removed at the point of sale.

This system reduces product losses without the potential adverse effects on glass recycling. British Glass supports extension of the use of the ‘hard tag’ on glass containers as part of the improved product security.

Application systems being developed for use with the next generation of security tags (Radio Frequency Identification) must consider recycling issues and avoid potential adverse environmental effects.

Detailed consultation has been undertaken to achieve ‘balance’ - British Glass is well placed to maintain a constructive role in this process.

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Because of the differences in the various methods of manufacture, the industry is divided into 5 main sections under the general headings: Container glass; flat glass; scientific/technical glass; domestic glass; and fibre glass.


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