What is recycling?


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 www.recyclenow.com by simply typing in your postcode (UK only).



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

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