Recycling Glass

Glass is a material that is perfectly suited to recycling. It can be melted and recycled over and over again, without any loss in quality.

Glass is made from a mixture of sand, sodium carbonate – also called soda – and lime, and temperatures of between 1,500 and 1,600 °C are needed to blend the three ingredients. Using recycled glass, we not only conserve natural resources but also save energy. Specifically, glass manufacturing plants requires 25% less energy, and under half the amount of soda to lower the melting point. As a result, less CO2 is emitted, and we contribute to the fight against global warming.

Sorting correctly is the basis of any successful recycling process. To sort glass correctly, we count on you too. Consult the sorting rules for glass.

 

Recycling process of glass

  • Clear and colored glass is collected separately through bottle banks. Clear glass is recycled into new clear glass items, while colored glass is recycled into new colored glass items; In door-to-door collections, clear glass and colored glass are not separated;
  • Anything that is not glass is removed automatically or manually by the recycling companies;
  • The recyclable glass is then crushed into shards a few centimeters in size;
  • These pure glass shards are then melted in ovens, and given their new shape and purpose;
  • Glass can be endlessly recycled into new bottles, flasks or jars.