Friday, December 1, 2017
Glass is something that frequently gets overlooked as a recyclable because it is just so abundant. Silica is most commonly found in nature as sand and it is a principal component of most types of glass.
However, glass still requires a large amount of energy to produce. The Glass Packaging Institute states recycled glass uses only two-thirds the energy needed to manufacture glass from raw materials.
And unlike some other products, like paper, glass can be recycled indefinitely.
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For every ton of recycled glass, 1.2 tons of raw materials are not required and after taking into account transport and processing needed to recycle glass, nearly 700 pounds of carbon dioxide is saved per ton of glass melted for the purposes of making bottles and jars.
Recycled glass isn't just used for making more bottles - it can be turned into fiberglass (which is also used in house insulation), and as a component of bricks. Glass can be recycled indefinitely.