Glass Bottle Recycling Facts

Glass Bottle recycling is widely practiced all over the world. In fact, glass contributes a major chunk of items which can by recycled.

How to recycle your glass bottles

  • The first step is to check with your local community recycling program about the types of glass that are collected for recycling. Practically, all types of glass can be recycled, but they need to be sorted out by their different colours.
  • Make sure that you rinse the glass bottles before sending them for recycling.
  • Make sure that there are no ceramics amongst your collected glass bottles, as ceramics contaminate the glass recyclables.

Why you should adopt glass bottle recycling?

Glass is ideal for recycling and it helps save energy. Furthermore, recycled glass can often be used as an aggregate for making concrete, because it helps improve the aesthetic and feel. All major developed countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, encourage recycling of glass.

Glass is produced from sand, soda and lime. Therefore, another major reason to promote glass recycling is that it uses approximately 40% less energy to new glass products from recycled glass than from raw materials.

How does glass bottle recycling work?

The recycle process involves stripping off the labels, melting the glass and reforming the new glass. It saves a considerable amount of energy and helps re-build the glass to be as good as new.

Once glass arrives at the recycling center, it is cleaned, separated based on color and broken down into smaller pieces through crushing. The crushed pieces are then mixed with the right quantity of other raw materials to turn it into new glass (read more about the process of glass recycling).


Some items are not ideal for recycling (e.g. bulbs, cookware and window panes) as they often contain ceramics which diminish the efficiency of the recycle process.


By adopting the recycling of glass bottles, not only do you contribute to effective waste management, many state laws actually give you cash back of 5 – 10 cents per bottle returned for recycling. Getting paid and saving the environment at the same time – it can’t get much better than this.

Recycling vs. reusing

While recycling your glass bottles is more environmentally friendly than simply dumping them in the rubbish bin, an even more effective way of protecting the environment is to reuse your glass bottles. After all, reusing comes before recycling in the Reduce Reuse Recycle Waste Hierarchy. Reusing saves even more energy and resources than recycling, since the old items do not be processed before they can be used again.

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