GLASS


  • Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable, can be recycled endlessly and recovered glass is used as the majority ingredient in new glass containers.
  • An estimated 80 percent of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.
  • According to the EPA, 34.5 percent of glass beer and soft drink bottles and 28.1 percent of all glass containers were recycled in 2007.
  • In some states, like California, glass bottle recycling nears 79 percent.
  • Americans recycle nearly 13 million glass jars and bottles every day.
  • The glass container industry has an annual revenue of $5.5. billion, with almost 50 manufacturing plants located throughout the U.S.
  • The typical glass processing facility can recycle up to 20 tons of glass per hour.
  • Glass containers produced today are 40 percent lighter than when they were 20 years ago, making them much easier to recycle.
  • Every ton of glass that is recycled results in one ton of raw materials saved to process new glass, including: 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash and 380 pounds of limestone.
  • Most recycling programs will only accept glass containers, because other glass products such as drinking glasses, lightbulbs, mirrors and Pyrex are treated with contaminants when manufactured.
  • A 2005 study by the Beverage Packaging Environmental Council found that 18 percent of glass bottles are consumed at bars or restaurants.
  • The typical glass container is made up of as much as 70 percent recycled glass.
  • It is estimated that 80 percent of recycled glass, as a whole, will end up as new glass containers.
  • A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.
  • Unlike other substances such as paper, glass can be recycled infinitely without any loss of purity or quality.
  • 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.
  • Recycled glass first becomes “cullet,” or crushed glass. When making new products from cullet, 40 percent less energy is consumed in place of making glass from new products, because it melts at a lower temperature than virgin ingredients.
  • A glass bottle can take up to one million years to breakdown.
  • Because glass is made from naturally-occurring materials like sand, it has a low rate of chemical interaction with the contents of the container, which makes it a safe material to be reused.
  • Recycled glass can be used in numerous areas, such as creating sports turf, manufacturing kitchen tiles and providing sand to depleted beaches.