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Glass Packaging Recycling Facts

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There is no doubt that glass is one of the most useful materials on the planet, and has remained so since its invention over 5000 years ago. As we continue to move towards becoming a more sustainable society, glass packaging has become an ever more valuable resource as it can be recovered and recycled over and over again without losing quality.


Here at Friends of Glass we’ve put together some interesting facts to show why every glass jar and bottle should be recycled and what a big difference it can make to the environment:


1. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, strength and functionality.


2. Making new glass from recycled glass uses much less energy than using raw materials.  The energy saving from recycling just one bottle will power: a computer for 25 minutes, a colour TV for 20 minutes or a washing machine for 10 minutes.


3. Every household in the UK uses on average 331 bottles and jars each year.  If the average household recycled all their glass, enough energy would be saved to power your TV while watching  210 episodes of Coronation Street.


4. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.


5. Recycling your glass saves valuable raw materials from being quarried and then thrown away in rubbish dumps.


6. In the UK, recycling saves about 10-15 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year, which is the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.


We believe that everyone can help the environment by recycling their glass, why not start today and make sure to recycle all your glass jar and bottles :)


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What is recycling?

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At Friends of Glass, we love recycling and know that our followers do too – but what does it actually mean and why do we do it? Here’s what everybody should know – recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction. When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. As a result, the amount of rubbish sent to landfill sites reduces.  If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry.


As an example, glass packaging is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality. Did you know it takes 1.2 tonnes of raw materials but only 1 tonne of cullet* to make a tonne of glass?


Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process also uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials. Even when comparing all associated costs including transport, etc., the energy saving from recycling just one bottle would power a computer for 25 minutes or a washing machine for 10 minutes. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?


Everyone can help the environment and waste reduction by recycling their glass jars and bottles. Why not start making the difference today?  Recycling doesn’t have to be hard either! Check if your local council sorts your glass into separate compartments on the recycling truck next time it collects 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 by simply typing in your postcode (UK only).



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*Cullet – recycled broken or waste glass used in glass making.

You Can Leave Your Cap On!

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Did you know that the metal caps on bottles can be successfully extracted during the glass recycling process? New research by Alupro (the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation) revealed that approximately 5,000 tonnes of aluminium from caps and closures could be recovered. At today’s raw material prices that’s over a jaw-dropping £2 million worth of aluminium that could be diverted from landfill.


To help capture this precious material, a new campaign by Sevenoaks District Council  in partnership with Alupro and British Glass has been launched to encourage recyclers in the Sevenoaks area to screw the caps back on their bottles before recycling.


The “You Can Leave Your Cap On” initiative – the first of its kind in the UK – has been designed to encourage households to screw the tops back on empty glass bottles – such as wine, spirits and olive oil – before placing them out to recycle through local bring banks or kerbside recycling containers.


Rick Hindley, Executive Director, Alupro said: “The market for aluminium bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles, so it is important that the consumer gets in the habit of recycling them so that the aluminium can be captured for reprocessing. The message to the public is simple; screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the easiest way for people to do their bit to recycle this valuable material.”


Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass, who are part-funding the Alupro campaign in association with the EAFA Closures Group, said: “We see this as an excellent campaign that both informs and helps the consumer to recycle as much as possible. It also highlights the important role bring banks play in getting good quality glass back into the system, helping saving energy and raw materials.”