WHAT IS GLASS USED FOR?

Food and drink containers

WHY RECYCLE IT?

Glass can be recycled over and over without any loss in purity or quality. For every ton of glass that is recycled, over a ton of natural resources are saved, including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone and 160 pounds of feldspar. Using recycled glass cuts energy costs — about 2 to 3% for every 10% of recycled glass used — and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. For every six tons of recycled glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide is reduced. Recycle a jar or bottle and help save the planet!

HOW TO RECYCLE IT?

Roadside, school, work, or public space recycling bins, or at local recycling area or in some areas buy-back centers. In some countries, drinks cans are returnable to the retail outlet or other redemption center for a refund on the deposit paid when the drink was purchased. It is important not to include dishware, light bulbs, heat resistant glass (Pyrex), mirror or window glass and crystal or any computer screen glass in your recycling bin. These types of glass and ceramics damage the furnace and cause impurities in new containers.

WHAT DOES RECYCLED GLASS BECOME?

For the glass containers collected through deposit refund programs, approximately 65% to 80% is purchased by glass container manufacturing companies for production in making new containers. Recycled glass that cannot be sorted for container-end use may be used in kitchen tiles, counter tops and wall insulation. In order to be recycled, glass is collected mixed and then sorted by color — clear, green, and amber — at a materials recovery facility. Most glass then goes to a processor for further cleaning, sorting and crushing into “cullet.” This cullet is mixed with sand, soda ash and limestone and then heated and molded into the desired shape for reuse.