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Used Container Glass - Harmful for people, animals and environment

You might think that recycling your old glass jars and bottles is doing your part to help the environment. But what you may not know is that the process of recycling glass is actually quite energy intensive, and often times it’s not worth recycling your glass at all. In this blog post, we will explore the realities of glass recycling and how you can make sure your glass recycling is actually beneficial for the environment. Read on to learn more about container glass recycling and what you can do to help.

Used Container Glass Recycling

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Glass is one of the most sustainable materials on the planet. It can be recycled over and over again with no loss in quality, making it a great choice for recycling.  There are many different types of glass containers, from soda and beer bottles to jars and vases. All of these can be recycled into new glass products.  If you are creative, there are endless possibilities for reusing glass containers. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

-Turn a large glass jar into a vase or candle holder
-Use small glass jars as spice containers or for storing herbs and other small items in the kitchen
-Upcycle an old liquor bottle into a unique flower vase or pen holder
-Reuse glass bottles as planters for your indoor plants
-Get creative and use your imagination – the sky’s the limit!

Harms of Old and Used Container Glass

Glass recycling is often lauded as an environmentally-friendly activity, but there are some potential harms associated with used container glass. One harm is that used glass can release harmful chemicals into the environment. For example, when glass is heated during the recycling process, it can release lead and other heavy metals into the air. These metals can then settle on nearby soil or water sources, where they can be taken up by plants and animals.

Another harm is that broken glass can pose a safety hazard. Sharp pieces of glass can injure people or animals, and if ingested, they can cause internal damage.  Finally, used glass products (including those that have been recycled) often contain chemicals that could be harmful to human health. For example, many types of glass are treated with flame retardants, which have been linked to a variety of health problems. So, even though recycling Glass helps reduce waste and conserve resources, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks involved.

How does MyRecycler assist?

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At MyRecycler we can help you with recycling glass in many ways, such as, to sort it by color. Brown, green, and clear glass can all be recycled together, but blue glass must be kept separate. Once sorted, the glass is crushed into small pieces called cullet.

The cullet is then melted down and formed into new glass products. This process uses less energy than making new glass from scratch, making it a very efficient way to recycle.

Glass recycling is a great way to reduce waste and help the environment. Next time you finish a drink or jar of food, make sure to recycle the container so it can be reused!

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