Glass is a 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss of quality or purity.
Glass is used for packaging of food, bottles for drinks, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, windows, and for construction.
According to the Glass Packaging Institute recycled glass is substituted for up to 95% of raw materials.
Recycled glass is substituted for up to 95% of raw materials, and it also reduces the amount of energy that would be needed to collect raw material.
The following picture depicts how glass bottles are collected, recycled, and re-produced for new use. Glass can be recycled endlessly in a closed loop.
According to the University of Southern Indiana, a modern glass bottle would take over 4,000 years or more to decompose, and it would take even longer if its in the landfill.
“Mining and transporting raw materials for glass produces about 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass that is made. If recycled glass is substituted for half of the raw materials, the waste is cut by more than 80%.”
There is even a machine in the works that will turn glass bottles into sand alternatives that can be used for construction. The world demand for sand for construction has put strain on the world’s beaches.
Instead of letting those glass bottles that go to landfills be wasted, the machine can help save beach mining.
Be aware that not all cities provide curbside glass recycling. Make sure to check where your local glass recycling centers are and how you can reduce your glass waste.
Love your earth by recycling your glass.