It’s almost Recycle Glass Month (September 2011)!
Glass, like aluminum, can be recycled into infinity without degradation to the material. But, unlike aluminum, more care needs to be taken in the recycling process to ensure the glass is not being contaminated with non-container glass.
To make sure you’re not contaminating the recycling stream, keep out non-container glass, like light bulbs and mirrors. And, remove metal caps and neck rings. The glass you recycle can be used to make new glass bottles only if the stream is kept clear of these items. Remember that ceramics, porcelain, Pyrex and dishware are the most destructive contaminants for glass recycling and can damage the recycling equipment. So, never place them in your recycling bins. So, why recycle glass in the first place? We have TEN good reasons…
Top Ten Reasons to Recycle Glass Bottles
10. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or power a computer for 30 minutes. That’s just one glass bottle.
9. More recycled glass bottles are needed. Stat. Glass container manufacturers have set a goal to reach 50% recycled content in the manufacture of new glass bottles by 2013. They’re going to need a lot more.
8. Spare change. In 10 states with container deposit laws, you can get cash for recycling your empty glass bottles. Or, list them on ecycler.com and a collector will pick them up for free.
6. Save energy. Costs for energy drop about 2-3% for every 10% recycled glass containers used in the manufacturing process. You see where this is going?
5. All this carbon footprint stuff, recycling glass bottles really does makes a difference. Using six tons of recycled container glass in the manufacturing process equals one ton of carbon dioxide reduced.
4. Karma. Glass is 100% and endlessly recyclable. A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days. It’s gonna come back to you.
3. Bars (we know you’re there) are a hotbed for glass recycling. Over 35% of beer and soft drink bottles were recycled in 2008. Is your corner bar recycling?
2. No dish washer required. Just rinse and recycle your glass bottles and jars. But keep out coffee cups, dishware, and Pyrex.
1. What? You’re not drinking out of an endlessly recyclable glass bottle? Start now. Glass is 100% pure taste—and no after taste.