Glass Recycling Facts – Do Your Part

In keeping with our Mission of “We Care for Your World,” we want to encourage everyone to choose sustainable options for disposal of all types of waste, both household and business, hazardous and non-hazardous. This is the first in a series of Blogs that will give you some facts on the disposal and recycling of common types of waste. First up…one of the most commonly used household items – GLASS!

We hope this information will bring everyday recycling to the forefront to help create a more sustainable world.

  • Glass containers for food and beverage are 100% recyclable and can be recycled continuously without loss in quality or purity.
  • A modern glass bottle would take more than 4,000 years to decompose, and even more if it’s in a landfill.
  • Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled.
  • 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 46 glass manufacturing plants operating in 22 U.S. states.
  • There are 51 glass recycling facilities operating in 27 states.
  • Recycling 1,000 tons of glass creates over 8 jobs.
  • Glass bottles have been reduced in weight approximately 40% over the past 30 years.
  • Glass is made from readily available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet,” the industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass.
  • Every month, Americans throw away enough recyclable glass to fill up a skyscraper.

An INGENIUM representative is always available to provide you with additional information about our many recycling and waste programs. Please feel free to contact us at  800-805-6236, or learn more here.

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