Americans generate approximately 11.5 million tons of waste glass each year and it takes about a million years for a glass bottle to break down in a landfill.  Given the overcrowding of our landfills, and the impact landfills have on our environment, many communities are struggling to avoid expansion or the construction of new landfills.  Yet today, only about 28% our waste glass is recovered for recycling.

Recycled glass bottles and jars can be used to make useful products such as:

  • New glass bottles and jars
  • Abrasive media and abrasive cleaning products
  • Filtration media
  • Landscape mulch
  • Insulation
  • Road aggregate
  • Used in concrete
  • Glassphalt
  • Ceramic glazing products
  • Terrazzo floors and counter tops
  • Binders for paving stones
  • Roof coatings
  • Plus hundreds of other uses

Glass containers can be recycled over and over again with no loss of strength or purity.  Plus, every ton of glass that is recycled can save up to one ton of natural resources.  By finding new uses for recycled glass, recovery has increased from 750,000 tons in 1980 to more than 3 million ton in 2011.