Why Recycle Glass?
Glass is being removed as an “acceptable” material in single-stream residential curbside recycling programs throughout Western PA and across the nation. However, it is important to know that glass is still one of the most recyclable materials we generate in our homes and should not be trashed.
Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.
Recycled glass containers are always needed because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demand for new glass containers1 .
Glass containers returned for recycling can be made into new glass bottles and jars that constitute up to 95% recycled content2.
Your glass bottles and jars can go from your recycling bin to the store shelf in as little as 30 days3.
1 ton of carbon dioxide is reduced for every 6 tons of recycled container glass used in manufacturing3.
¹ Glass Packaging Institute
² CAP Glass
³ Glass Recycling Coalition