How to Recycle Glass
Glass is one resource that can be recycled and reused innumerable times because it does not degrade during the processing procedure. It will interest you to know that 80% of the recovered glass is converted into fresh bottles and other containers. Aside from saving on the raw materials that go into the production of glass, using recovered glass in the production of new containers can help speed the process. Only natural non-toxic materials are used to create glass like such as limestone, soda ash, silica and sand, and by recycling this resource, you can help lower carbon dioxide emissions.
The European Container Glass Federation estimated that in 2013, more than 73% of the total waste glass was recovered for recycling. The organization also reported that with a little more effort, the remaining amount could also be stopped from reaching landfills and recycled. If you are a keen supporter of recycling efforts, here’s what you need to know about reprocessing glass.
How is Glass Recycled?
The glass bottles and containers that you deposit at the collection centres are collected by trucks and transported to recycling plants.
● At first, the containers are sorted by colour so that the old glass can be used to make new glass of similar colours.
● Next, they are washed to clean them of any impurities.
● The glass is then broken and crushed. Some of it is diverted to making new glass while the rest is used to make decorative items or in the manufacturing of bricks.
● Finally, the recreated bottles are sent back to filling plants and shops for packaging produce.
How is Recyclable Glass Collected?
The authorities in your city or town could use three systems for collecting used glass deposits.
● Refilling with Deposit: When you deposit the used bottles and jars at collection centres, they are sent back to the manufacturers of the products. These companies clean and refill the jars, and then resell them.
● One-way Deposit: The used bottles and containers that you deposit are sent to recycling plants where they are processed into new containers. Companies buy these new bottles and fill them with beverages and other products.
● One-way without Deposit: You typically pay a collection agency to take away the used bottles that eventually may or may not be recycled.
What You can do?
Of all the collection systems, the one-way deposit scheme has proved to be most effective all over Europe. However, many countries have initiated programs by which bottles can be collected at the point of sale for a cash back system. This means that each time you deposit a used container or bottle; you get back some amount of cash on your next purchase. Some countries have even made it mandatory to recycle your used bottles. Check with the laws of your country or city, and submit bottles and containers accordingly.
You can sort your waste and deposit reusables in the correct deposit bins installed in various public places such as shopping centres, schools, and offices. If you’re not sure which is the right bin, check for the colour coding indicators. You can also check online for more information regarding recycling glass procedures in your hometown.
Play your part in the recycling of glass, and you could be one of the contributors to Europe’s campaign to reuse 100% of its glass reserves.
Download your free set of printable recycling labels for any containers.