Glass has been around for centuries; wherever you look, you are bound to see something made from glass. Whether it is the cup that holds the water that quenches your thirst or the windows that protect you from the outside world, glass is everywhere! According to some research, the glass recycling process is so efficient that the jar you place in the bottle bank may be back on the supermarket shelves within 70 days!
Glass is one of the most useful materials in the world; it is also 100% recyclable because it is made from three different natural materials. Glass is made from silica sand (also called silicon dioxide), soda ash (sodium carbonate), and limestone (calcium carbonate). Each time a new glass item is made, raw materials from the Earth are extracted and utilized, plus high amounts of energy are required to melt and mix the materials together.
However, glass has some very special properties; it is non-toxic, inert, and can be recycled infinitely without losing any of its characteristics. Therefore, for every piece of glass that is recycled, precious amounts of the earth’s raw materials are preserved and large amounts of energy and water are saved. Energy saved equates to less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere which is a damaging greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.
It is easy to recycle your glass- just join EEG’s Glass Collection Campaign and follow a few simple guidelines. Any glass that has residues of food or liquid should be rinsed out prior to recycling. This helps to reduce smells, mold, flies, and pests during storage at home and at the recycling site.
ROLE OF EEG IN GLASS RECYCLING
EEG realised the environmental, economic, and health related impacts and benefits of recycling glass products and consequently set up its “Glass Collection Campaign” in 2005. The campaign has been highly successful since inception and has, until the end of December 2018, recycled 2,341,140 kg of Glass.