Recycling 101: Glass Recycling Facts
Alright, here’s your goal for 2016: Let’s work hard to take better care of our environment. It’s a New Year, which means more opportunities to do something for yourself, your family and friends, and the environment. If you haven’t added “Become a little greener” as one of your New Year’s Resolutions, we highly recommend it. Why? The global environment needs you more than ever. We have already experienced signs of global warming, such as increased temperatures, warming oceans, rising sea levels, and shrinking ice sheets.
The damage done on our global planet may be non-reversible on the larger scale, but there are actions you can take to prevent further damage. If we all chip in and do our part, no matter how small it may seem, we’re able to help out. Take recycling for example– it may be a small piece in a puzzle, but without it, the photo would not be complete. We bring you Recycling 101: Glass Recycling Facts and reasons why you should become a little greener this year!
- Glass can take a million years to break down in a landfill, which takes up space for other items. So make the attempt to place glass jars and containers in the Blue recycling bin. Check out the Department of Public Works for detail information on what’s the right bin for your items. If you’re recycling food contaminated containers, make sure to rinse it before throwing it in the recycling bin.
- Glass containers for food and beverage are 100% recyclable and can be recycled continuously without lost in quality or purity. This material can be manufactured into new bottles and jars for our products.
- Recycled glass is substituted for up to 70% of raw materials used in making new glass products.
- Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled. In addition, one ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every six tons of recycled glass used in the manufacturing process. Recycling overall, helps manufacturers save energy, extend the life of plant equipment, and recycled material reduces emissions and consumption of raw materials.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes!
- There are approximately 46 glass manufacturing plants operating in 22 states of the U.S. With 51 glass recycling facilities operating in 27 states, recycling 1,000 tons of glass creates slightly over 8 jobs.
Knowing the facts helps us see how truly important recycling is. The next time you are cooking pasta, remember the sauce jar is recyclable! Simply rinse it out before placing it in the Blue recycling bin. Together, we can all become a little greener!
Another way to help out the environment is to shop greener. Support recycling by purchasing products made from recycled material. Increasing the demand for recycled products may motivated manufacturers to collaborate with recycling plants. Shoplet’s Shop Green tab features over 100,000 green office supplies and products to make looking for green products easy.