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.
This year Recycle Week takes place 22-28 June, the theme is recycling around the home and Friends of Glass wants to help you recycle more, by highlighting glass items in the home that can be recycled but sometimes get overlooked
All glass shapes, sizes and colours of glass bottles and jars can be recycled; they just need a quick rinse to get rid of any left over food or product. The great thing about glass is it infinitely recyclable, with no loss of quality – this means items can be recycled again, and again and again!
The processing and use of recycled glass in manufacturing conserves raw materials, reduces energy consumption, and reduces the volume of waste sent to landfill. Every metric ton (1,000 kg) of waste glass recycled into new items saves 315 kilograms (694 lb) of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere during the creation of new glass.
Everything you recycle brings real benefits. We want to help people to recycle all the glass they possibly can, either at home or at local recycling banks and Household Waste Recycling Centres. For a reminder of what can be collected for recycling from your home or to find your nearest bring banks, use the Recycling Locator from Recycle Now www.recyclenow.com.