Glass is widely used throughout South Africa. Think about all the glassbottes,containers and glasses that you use everyday.
What is glass recycling?
When glass is produced, soda ash, lime and sand are heated together and shaped into glass products. This creates huge fossil fuel emissions. But for every ton of glass we recycle we could save up to the equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil that would otherwise be burned to create new glass products.
What types of glass products can be recycled?
Not all glass is manufactured through the same process, so that is why light bulbs, dishes and window glass can not be recycled. The main glass recyclable products are:
- Beverage containers
- Food jars
All glass comes in one of three different colors: clear, green and brown. Always sort your glass products by color. And look for the “G” logo on the product, which means that the product is made from recycled glass and can be recycled again.
What are the benefits of recycling glass?
Here are some benefits of glass recycling:
- Glass can be recycled over again and never lose its quality or quantity
- Creates 20% less air pollution
- Reduces water pollution by 50%
- Saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for hours
- It reduces that amount of landfill space that is used