Does Recycling Glass Really Help the Environment? (Part I)

Recycling glass is one of many ways that we can take care of our planet,

Recycling glass is one of the numerous ways we can help eliminate waste and pollution. Each day we throw away masses of rubbish and glass is a huge part of it. Instead of letting landfills get filled with glass objects that are a threat to the environment and safety, we can reuse it.

Glass can be melted down and made into various other forms from glass fiber to drinking glasses. When the glass is taken to a recycling plant or manufacturing, it is smashed into littler pieces called cullet.

The broken pieces are crushed, sorted, cleaned, and prepared to be mixed with other raw materials such as sand and soda ash. The glass pieces and raw materials are melted in a furnace and then shaped into molds to make new bottles of different sizes and colors. New recycled jars and bottles are made in this way.

In countries like the USA, there are curbside recycling schemes that are specially-made boxes to collect glass that can be recycled. Some supermarkets, car parks and other public areas have glass bottle banks, where you can take your recyclable bottles and jars.


The cost savings of recycling is in energy usage. Compared to making glass from raw materials for the first time, the cullet melts at a lower temperature. So, we can reduce the amount of energy necessary for melting the glass.

Glass produced from recycled glass lessens related air pollution by 25% and related water pollution by 55%.

Recycling glass lessens the space in landfills that would otherwise be taken up by used jars and bottles.

Using glass for recycling means there are fewer glass objects sitting around in bins or landfills.

Benefits of recycling in your neighborhood
To find out the benefits of recycling glass, seek out what percentage is really recycled. You can speak with local authorities or visit the local recycling plant to find out the numbers.


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