Our Process

Glass can be perpetually recycled without losing any quality. EWG Glass operates six facilities to process glass bottles and transforms them into furnace ready cullet.

Keep scrolling down the page to see our 9-Step process!

How we do it

Step 1

Somewhere in the city, a New Yorker drinks a beer

It’s been a long week and on a Friday afternoon, a hard-working New Yorker indulges in a cold, bottled beer at a local bar.

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Step 2

Saturday morning, the glass is picked up

The bar is enrolled in a recycling program and has their empty bottles sent to a redemption center or a reverse vending machine (RVM).

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Step 3

EWG picks up the bottles

EWG rendering trucks start their route and pick up the empty glass bottles from either the redemption center or an RVM location.

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Step 4

Bottles are taken out of their cases

Those bottles are brought back to the decasing facility. They are then de-cased and sent to our sorting facility.

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Step 5

Bottles are sorted by color

At our sorting facility, our state of the art equipment is programmed to separate the mixed glass into green, amber (brown) and flint (clear) glass piles. Our trucks come and pick this sorted glass up and bring it to our crushing facility.

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Step 6

Sorted glass is crushed

At our crushing facility, the sorted glass is then sent through the crusher. After the glass has been crushed down, it gets picked up and shipped out.

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Step 7

Crushed glass is shipped by freight or truck to mills

Our trucks take the crushed glass and bring it to the rail division to be shipped by freight across the country to glass mills. Other crushed glass is shipped by truck to the glass mills where it is melted down and created back into bottles or other various glass containers.

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Step 8

The waste glass gets a second chance

Any waste glass that cannot be used at the glass mills is brought to the abrasives facility to be processed into different glass mediums. This waste glass is known as abrasives and can be used for sand blasts, filter media, insulation etc. For more info on Abrasives, click HERE.

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Step 9

The new bottle is put back on the shelf

Somewhere, another New Yorker drinks a bottle of beer that has gone through this recycling process in as little as 30 days.

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Roughly eight jobs are created when 1,000 tons of glass are recycled.

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