Did you know that glass is 100% recyclable? It is one of the few materials that can be recycled and reused over and over again without losing its quality or purity. Also, recycling one ton of glass saves the equivalent energy of 10 gallons of oil! EWG is proud to be New York City’s only glass recycling facility. Check out the other glass recycling facts below!
Did you know these cool facts about Glass Recycling:
Recycling one ton of glass saves the equivalent energy of 10 gallons of oil!
A glass bottle would take 4,000 or more years to decompose and even longer when it is in a landfill.
Roughly eight jobs are created when 1,000 tons of glass are recycled.
Recycling one ton of glass saves 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash and 433 pounds of limestone.
For every six tons of recycled glass used in the manufacturing process, one ton of carbon dioxide is reduced.
Recycling a single glass bottle can run a 100-watt lightbulb for 4-hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20-hours.
Recycling a bottle creates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollutions than when a new bottle is made from raw material and not cullet.
Mining and transporting raw materials to make new glass products creates roughly 385 pounds of waste for every ton of glass made. If recycled glass is substituted for even half of the raw material used, the waste can be cut by more than 80%.
Recycling glass reduces emissions and consumption of raw materials, it extends the life of plant equipment such as furnaces and it saves energy.