Glass recycling is the process of recovering glass waste and turning it into new glass products. Here are some steps in the glass recycling process:
- Collection: Glass waste is collected from households, businesses, and schools through curbside pickup programs, drop-off centers, and buy-back programs.
- Sorting: The collected glass is sorted by color, such as clear, green, and brown, for further processing.
- Crushing: The sorted glass is crushed into small pieces, known as cullet.
- Melting: The cullet is melted in a furnace to form a liquid glass mixture.
- Molding: The liquid glass mixture is poured into molds to form new glass products, such as new bottles and jars.
- Cooling: The molded glass is cooled and then removed from the molds.
Recycling glass conserves natural resources, reduces energy consumption, and helps to reduce the amount of glass waste sent to landfills. It is important to recycle glass properly to ensure that the recycled glass is of high quality and can be used in the production of new glass products. Glass is a 100% recyclable material and can be recycled indefinitely without losing its quality.