Glass recycling is improving across Victoria with the introduction of a new glass only bin or drop-off service and a large investment in glass reprocessing facilities.
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Victoria is introducing new glass only recycling services across the state. Large investments are also being made into glass reprocessing facilities. This means glass manufacturers will be able to recycle twice as much glass to create new products.
Separating glass from other materials:
Do you have a question about the glass recycling services in your area? Check your local council website to find out more.
Your recycled glass is being turned into new everyday products right here in Victoria.
The glass bottles and jars that you put into your recycling bin are being recreated to hold your favourite pasta sauce, pickles or peanut butter on supermarket shelves and beer at your local brewery.
In some areas, the tarmac under your tyres has been partially constructed out of recycled glass. This innovative process reduces the need to transport natural sand to project sites, cuts costs, reduces carbon emissions and gives your recycling new life.
City of Yarra, who introduced a glass only bin and drop-off service in 2020, reports that 90% of glass collected is being recycled into new bottles and jars.
Glass is a valuable resource that can be recycled an infinite number of times, creating an endless, sustainable loop of glass products.
When glass is sorted into the right bin at home it can be recycled again and again. Small fragments (that can’t be remade into bottles or jars) can be used in the construction sector in road base. This reduces our reliance on natural resources like sand.
It’s important to recycle correctly for glass to be turned into new products or infrastructure. This is where your small acts make a big impact.
Here are some tips to get your glass recycling right to recycle more (includes mixed recycling bins and glass only recycling services):
Correctly disposing of glass bottles and jars improves the quality and value of the collected recyclables. This keeps recycling from going to landfill. It stops paper, cardboard and plastic recycling from being spoiled with broken glass, so more of those items can be turned into new products too.
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Small actions like recycling your glass can make a big impact so make sure it’s correctly sorted. Because when it is more of your glass than ever before can become things like new glass jars and roads.
Right now there are new products being made from your recycled glass. Your small acts make a big impact on Victoria’s sustainable future.
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Get ready for new recycling services, find out how to reduce waste and check that you're sorting recycling and waste correctly by undertaking a few small acts.