When The Glass Recycling Company asked if I was up for the challenge of recycling glass in September, as it’s Glass Recycling Month, I immediately responded yes! As most of you know, I’m quite obsessed with recycling. In fact, I’m actually quite OCD about it, leading to the point where I take my rubbish such as bottles etc home when I’m out so I know I can pop it straight into my recycling bins.
So what exactly does this challenge entail? Well to start off, I’m going to give you a few facts about glass and then next week I’ll be publishing a post on easy tips on how to reuse and recycle glass.
First up, one of the easiest facts to know about glass, and one of the most important facts in my opinion is, glass is 100% recyclable!
Glass is natural! It’s created by melting minerals together at high temperatures. Archaeologists have found evidence that people have been making glass for over 50,000 years. Can someone say classic?
By using glass as your food packaging source, you are using 100% pure material which means it’s a lot safer for you and your family. It preserves the shelf-life of food contents and doesn’t leach chemicals into food when heated in the microwave. Glass containers are impermeable; air-tight and transparent and in my opinion, look a lot chicer.
Did you know that for every ton of recycled glass used in the manufacturing of new glass packaging, 1.2 tonnes of non-renewable natural resources are saved!
Only 41% of South Africa’s glass bottles and jars are being recycled. We need to change this figure ASAP as glass is 100% recyclable.
Malls; property owners and business parks can request a free glass bank with no cost implications for their premises (subject to terms and conditions). How great is that?
To find a glass bank near you, head to www.tgrc.co.za.
So who’s joining me on recycling as much glass as possible this month, and hopefully every month?
PS: Don’t forget to check in next week on the blog for some of my easy tips on reusing glass and steps on how to recycle glass.