Glass Recycling Is Efficient and Sustainable

Glass Recycling Is Efficient and Sustainable

Glass takes one million years to decompose in a landfill, yet recycled glass can reappear as a new product within 30 days. Industrial recycling of glass saves energy, conserves natural resources, and is good for the environment.

The Glass Packaging Institute offers these statistics on glass recycling:

  • Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.
  • More than a ton of natural resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled.
  • Recycled glass is substituted for up to 95% of raw materials.
  • Recycling 1,000 tons of glass creates more than eight jobs.

(Source: 2011 Container Recycling Institute). Every pound of glass recycled into new items saves 1/3 of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere during the creation of new glass. (Source: Wikipedia – Glass Recycling

What Could Recycling 24 Glass Containers a Week Do?

If the average U.S. consumer would recycle 24 glass containers per week, then over the course of one year, a total of 1,248 glass containers would be recycled per consumer. That would save 124,823 watts of energy!

What can recycling 24 containers a week do?

Well, it could:

  • Light a compact florescent bulb for: 7 Days 3 Hours
  • Light a standard 60-watt light bulb for: 1 Day 16 Hours
  • Operate a computer for: 8 Hours
  • Operate a TV for: 5 Hours 20 Minutes

That means for a full year, you could:

  • Light a compact florescent bulb for: 1 Year 6 Days
  • Light a standard 60-watt light bulb for: 2 Months 25 Days
  • Operate a computer for: 17 Days 8 Hours
  • Operate a TV for: 11 Days 13 Hours

All from 24 glass containers a week

If you’d like to see how changing your recycling habits can impact the environment, click on this link: (Source: Glass Packaging Institute)

More Glass Facts

Glass Facts:

  • Americans generated 11.6 million tons of glass in the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in 2012.
  • About 28% of the glass was recovered for recycling.
  • Glass recycling increased from 750,000 tons in 1980 to more than three million tons in 2012.
  • Food, soft drink, beer, food, wine, and liquor containers represent the largest source of glass generated and recycled.

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