Glass Recycle: – “How to Recycle Glass”
When my mom was a kid, recycling glass was fun and easy. In those long ago days, soda pop came in 16 ounce glass bottles. Each empty bottle could be returned to the store it was purchased from for 10 cents each.
For a kid this meant 4 bottles could buy a comic book, 3 bottles could buy a candy bar. For the parents, returning 2 cartons of pop bottles was the same as having a $1.20 coupon off their next purchase of soda pop.
For the most part, the days of glass bottled soda pop are gone, but glass is still widely used to package things like mayonnaise, pickles, and beer. You can recycle the jars simply by washing them and, well, using them as jars. They are great for canning vegetables, and they can also be used to put away nuts, bolts, nails, and coins. (I even have some home made wine in a recycled jar.)
Of course there comes a time when you just don’t need any more jars, and besides that, what should you do with all those beer bottles left over from new years eve? Simply rinse out the jars and bottles, and put them in a lined trash can or recycling bin. (You don’t have to rinse the beer bottles if you don’t want to, but it will keep the flies down.) As you are filling the receptacle, take care to not break the glass. Most recycling centers don’t like broken glass because it presents a hazard.
Don’t worry about separating different colors, most recycling centers will do that for you. If you want to recycle glass vases, make sure they are glass and not ceramic. Once you have enough glass saved up, simply set it out for curbside pickup, or if you don’t have curbside pickup, take it to the recycling center.
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How Is Glass Recycled ?
You might be wondering “How do they recycle glass?” After you drop off your glass, it is separated by color. It is then crushed down to very fine pieces. The crushed glass is then heated to temperatures up to 2700 degrees, at which point it becomes liquid. (So don’t worry to much about that slice of lime you left in the beer bottle, it’s not going to make it.) The liquid glass is then reformed into new glass products.
Glass isn’t toxic, but it still takes up quite a bit of landfill space. Littered glass gets broken after time, and presents a health hazard when it runs into the foot of an unlucky passerby. It takes much less energy to Recycle glass than it does to make it from the base materials, and besides that it’s pretty easy to do.
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