One of the many virtues of glass is that the material is theoretically "infinitely recyclable". Taking our bottles and jars to the glass banks is a way we can ALL make a positive contribution to the environment.
It also takes less energy to recycle glass than to melt down the original raw materials.
Every household in the UK uses on average 331 glass bottles and jars per year.
The energy saved from recycling one bottle will:
- Power a 100 watt light bulb for almost an hour
- Power a computer for 25 minutes
- Power a colour TV for 20 minutes
- Power a washing machine or 10 minutes
Steps to good recycling
- Glass containers such as bottles and jars should be cleaned and any tops or corks removed before recycling.
- When using bottle banks, put the glass in the correct bank for clear, green or brown glass. Blue glass goes in with green glass.
- Only use bottle banks during the day - the sound of smashing bottles can make a real racket which disturbs people who live nearby!
- Remember not to litter the area around the bottle bank with your empty bags and boxes.
You can't recycle: window panes, light bulbs, glass ovenware or electrical equipment. Dispose of these carefully with your normal household waste.