Recycling one glass bottle can save enough energy to power a television set for one and a half hours. Glass is an impressive material, which can be recycled endlessly with no loss in quality or purity. 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.
Recycle your household glass to:
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce the amount of glass you need to recycle:
Don't forget to:
Some glass cannot be recycled via your kerbside recycling bin, because the glass is toughened and melts at a higher temperature than normal glass bottles and jars.
Just 5 grams of glass from drinking glassware is enough to contaminate an entire ton of recyclable glass, so it is important to get your glass recycling right.
Once your glass has been collected it is taken to a glass treatment plant. 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, jars and fibreglass. It may also be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative purposes. The glass is sent back to the shops ready to be used again.
Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.