Recycling Glass Containers

Why You Should Recycle Glass Packaging

Facts About Glass Containers

  • Glass bottles and jars are 100% and infinitely recyclable.
  • Glass is nonporous and impermeable, so there are no interactions between glass packaging and products to affect the flavor of food and beverages.
  • Glass is the only packaging material labeled Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meaning it is deemed safe for beverage and food storage under all circumstances.

It's Eco-friendly to Recycle Glass Containers

Save Energy: Producing virgin glass for glass containers takes 30% more energy than producing the identical product from recycled glass. For recycling one glass bottle, the energy saved will light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours!

Reduce Waste & CO2 Emissions: Raw materials saved when using a ton of recycled glass containers include 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar. For every six tons of recycled glass containers used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced.

Steps for Recycling Glass Containers

  1. Glass containers are left in curbside bins, business recycling containers, or brought to local recycling drop-off locations.
  2. Recyclables are delivered to a material recovery facility to be separated by material types.
  3. The recyclables are shipped to a glass processing company, where they are separated from contaminates and sorted by color.
  4. The glass container manufacturers use the clean, grounded glass to make new glass bottles, jars, and vials.

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