Glass can be recycled endlessly, with no loss in quality. 80% of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles. The rest is made into other industrial goods.
Recycling Creates Jobs
Glass recycling requires about 8-10 workers, compared to 1 worker if the glass is landfilled. Plus, manufacturers that use recycled glass instead of virgin materials profit more, allowing them to retain and expand their workforce.
Recycling Saves Energy
Making recycled glass products from cullet consumes 40 percent less energy than making new glass from raw materials, because cullet melts at a much lower temperature.
Recycling Cuts Waste Disposal Costs
In terms of weight, glass makes up about 5% of the waste stream. Recycling glass means savings on waste collection and disposal costs, which are increasing due to landfill disposal costs.
Recycling Saves Raw Materials
Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled, including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar.
Recycling Reduces CO2 Emissions
For every six tons of recycled container glass used, a ton of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced.
Recycling Extends Landfill Life, Keeping Sanitation Costs Low
In 1996, 130 million cubic yards of material were diverted from landfills due to recycling and composting. If this amount of material had not been recycled, the U.S. would have needed 64 additional landfills, each with enough capacity to serve the combined city populations of Dallas and Detroit.