How is it recycled: Glass

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000644-001156Glass is 100 per cent recyclable, meaning it can be recycled an infinite amount of times without losing its quality, and the process is quite simple:

  1. First glass is washed and different colours are separated (glass retains its colour even after recycling)
  2. Then it is crushed, any impurities are carefully removed and mixed with raw materials to change the colour or enhance properties
  3. Next it is melted in a furnace
  4. Finally it is remoulded and makes its way back to our supermarket shelves again

A few facts about glass:

  • Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
  • Glass in landfills will still be there in one million years
  • The first glass containers were made around 1500BC by the ancient Egyptians
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