How is Glass Recycled?
Once collected, the glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities. The glass is then crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and jars. Waste glass may also be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative uses.
Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again. As well as cost savings, there are numerous environmental reasons to recycle glass. Every year, the average small British business consumes around 1,000 glass bottles or jars, and there are very good reasons why these bottles and jars should all be recycled.
The amount of energy needed to melt recycled glass is considerably less than that needed to melt raw materials to make new bottles and jars: recycling one bottle can save enough energy to power an office computer for one and a half hours. Not only does glass save energy, but every 1,000 tonnes of recycled glass that we melt saves 314 tonnes of CO2!
Glass recycling also conserves the landscape, as using recycled glass in furnaces saves hundreds of thousands of tonnes of primary raw materials each year. This subsequently reduces the need for quarrying raw materials and conserves the countryside. Every tonne of glass recycled also extends the life of our increasingly scarce landfill sites and conserves the British countryside.
Glass recycling also contributes to British business as a whole: estimates indicate that 500 jobs are created for every 100,000 tonnes of glass collected for recycling. If we as a country recycled all the glass we currently throw away, it would create 7,500 new jobs overnight.
ELLIOT FORSTER OWNER, BAR BACCARAT“As a busy bar, we go through a huge volume of glassware. CheaperWaste provided us with both internal and external containers. Separating our glass proved to be a big cost saver as well as a way of reducing our environmental impact”
Facts About Glass Recycling in the UK
- The energy saved from recycling 1 glass bottle is enough to power a light bulb for 4 hours.
- Glass bottles and jars produced in the UK have an average recycled content of 30%, green bottles however contain as much as 90%.
- The largest glass furnace produces over 1 million glass bottles and jars per day.
- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be reused over and over again.
- Glass that is thrown into landfills will never decompose, putting a great strain on landfills with too much glass content.
- Bottles and jars recycling saved around 385,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the past year, equivalent to taking more than 120,000 cars off the road.
- The UK business sector still has a lot of work to do to recycle glass – bars, restaurants and pubs currently throw away over 200,000 tonnes of glass every year into landfill.
Glass Collection Service
When you choose our Glass Collection Service we will provide you with a bin and empty it for you on a pre-agreed schedule of service. You will use this bin for glass only, i.e empty bottles, jars, broken glass and so on.
Setting up an account with us is very quick and easy – it takes minutes and can all be done by telephone and email.
We can have your bin delivered within working 10 days.
Please call us now on 03301 242 535 (local rate call) if you have any questions.