Recycling Indus try Yearbook
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Glass is made from readily available domestic materials, such
as sand, soda ash, limestone and “cullet,” the industry term
for furnace-ready scrap glass. Glass can be recycled again and
again with no loss in quality or purity. In 2014, 39.5 percent
of beer and soft drink bottles were recovered for recycling,
according to the U.S. EPA. Another 31.8 percent of wine and
liquor bottles and
14.7 percent of food
and other glass jars
were recycled. In
total, 32.5 percent of
all glass containers
equivalent to taking
210,000 cars off the
road each year.
For every ton of glass recycled, more than a ton of raw materials
is saved, including 1,300 lbs. of sand, 410 lbs. of soda ash,
380 lbs. of limestone, and 160 lbs. of feldspar. Recycled glass
is substituted for up to 70 percent of raw materials used in
making new glass. An
estimated 90 percent of
recovered glass is used to
make new glass bottles.
from recycling in several
ways: it reduces emissions
and consumption of raw
materials, extends the life
of plant equipment (such as furnaces) and saves energy. Glass
recycling creates no additional waste or byproducts.
Glass manufacturers are requiring more and more high-quality
recycled container glass to meet market demands for new
glass containers. Color-sorted, contaminant-free recycled glass
helps ensure that these materials are recycled into new glass
containers. While curbside collection of glass recyclables can
generate high participation and large amounts of recyclables,
drop-off and commercial collection programs are also effective
at yielding high-quality container glass.