Glass products are widely used throughout the world for storage of food, beverages and household and industrial products. Glass also used in dishes, and throughout your home in decorations or as windows for your home or vehicle. When a glass item is no longer useful to you, glass-recycling facilities exist to allow the product to be reused.
Glass is one of the most reusable products there is. Many recyclable items have a short lifespan and break down each time they are recycled or down cycled. This isn’t the case with glass. Glass recycling can occur repeatedly and indefinitely, as there isn’t a deterioration or breakdown of glass particles. Glass can be cleaned, broken, crushed, melted and reused for multiple purposes.
You can help your environment by recycling your glass. A large portion of landfill sites is filled with glass bottles, containers and other glass goods. These take up a large amount of resources to bring to the landfill and a vast amount of space to store. Because they aren’t biodegradable such as organic waste, they create a space issue. By recycling your glass, you are not only saving space at landfill sites but also saving the environment. Glass furnaces used to create new glass use significantly more energy and create toxic fumes rather than the much smaller amount of energy required to reuse that glass product.
You can return glass bottles for beverages such as soda pop to many facilities for a refund in many areas. Or, you can prepare your glass products for curbside collection or drop off at a recycling facility. Cleaning out your containers and removing lids and labels is very helpful as well as sorting via colored versus non-colored glass. Different types of glass can be used for various things so where your facilities exist, be aware of their sorting preferences. Some recycling plants do all the sorting for you whereas others require more care.
Because glass is so reusable, consumers who practice recycling are helping drive down the cost of virgin glass products. Glass products have been used over history and continue to be a renewable resource for us. Glass is used in many industrial and construction fields as well as for food storage. A recent problem is the CRT (cathode ray tubes) glass used in electronics such as computer monitors. Efforts are being made to find ways to better recycle this glass, as it isn’t as readily reusable as other glass products due to special anti-radiation coatings that are used to protect consumers.