Glass Recycling Facts

        

Glass facts

Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled over and over again. Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass. Every day, Americans recycle about 13 million glass jars and bottles. Americans recycled enough glass last year to fill Giants Stadium more than 3 ½ times. If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they'd reach the moon and half way back to earthGlass recycling Picture

     

  • Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled -- 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar.

     

     

  • Producing a ton of glass from 100% raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste. Using 50% recycled glass cuts this waste by about 75%.

     

     

  • Recycling glass reduces air pollution by 14-20% and saves 25-32% more energy than making glass from virgin raw materials.

     

     

  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.

     

     

     

  • Glass containers were recycled at a rate of 38% in 1996.