Glass has served as a universal packaging container for centuries. The glass in many items never wears out – it can be recycled over and over without losing its strength. In fact, 90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers, as well as kitchen tiles, countertops and wall insulation.
Many glass manufacturers rely on a hefty supply of recycled crushed glass, or cullet, to supplement raw materials needed. Using cullet is more economical, and it saves the environment, cutting mining waste by about 75%. Curbside collection helps dramatically in meeting the demand. Bottle deposits have also aided in getting consumers to return beverage containers for refund rather than tossing them in the garbage.
Food, soft drink, beer, wine and liquor containers represent the greatest source of glass generated and recycled. Help repurpose bottles and jars into new containers by participating in collection programs. Recoup your beverage bills by returning the empties for refunds. Today’s Miller Lite could be tomorrow’s Michelob.