Know what you can recycle
More people than ever are recycling and we couldn’t be happier – the glass industry love to use recycled glass when they manufacture new containers but not all types of glass can be used in production.
As fellow glass-lovers know, glass is one of the most sustainable packaging materials available. Made from just three natural ingredients: sand, limestone and soda ash, it remains 100-percent recyclable for life. This week we were interested to hear that recycling has got a bit confusing in some parts of Britain as some households need up to nine bins in order to separate all the materials properly.
Everybody knows that recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing C02 emissions and the need to consume natural resources. As an example, glass packaging is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without any loss in quality.
Glass recycling doesn’t have to be hard or confusing! Simply check if your local council sorts your glass into separate compartments on the recycling truck, next time it is collected from your doorstep. If it doesn’t, do take your empty bottles and jars to the nearest bottle bank as this helps ensure the highest quality recycled glass is obtained. You can find your nearest glass bank on www.recyclenow.com by simply typing in your postcode (England only).
Did you know that you can recycle the aluminium screw tops along with your glass bottles? Thanks to modern recycling methods aluminium bottle tops are easier to recover for recycling when they are collected with the glass, so it is now possible to recycle and continue re-using this precious metal over and over again.
With the UK glass industry continuing to set record recycling success, we hope that none of the glass bottles and jars will end up in a landfill and instead will be back on the shelves in as little as 30 days.