Glass is the original 100% recyclable packaging. Making new bottles and jars out of recycled glass is cost-effective, reduces energy, and lessens the carbon footprint. It helps us to reduce the use of plastic and can be easily made into new products.
This blog post examines the myths and truths around glass recycling in Canada.
Can Glass Be 100% Recycled?
Yes! Glass can be 100% recyclable and recycled endlessly without losing purity or quality. It can be substituted for up to 95% of raw materials. Glass bottles are also one of the fastest recycled packaging materials – they can often be recycled and put back on the market in 30 days.
Glass Recycling Myths in Canada
Myth: Coloured glass can’t be accepted
Glass bottles originate from sand and are transparent by default, but the addition of metals can change the colour. Always check with your municipality – many do accept coloured glass, or you can bring it to the Beer Store to be recycled and receive money back for dropping off your bottles and glass. There they can separate the coloured from clear bottles.
Myth: Glass is expensive to recycle
This is actually true. Some municipalities choose not to recycle glass because of the risk of breakage and transportation costs. This doesn’t mean there are no financial and environmental gains to glass recycling.
Myth: Recycling has no financial payoff
This is false – glass recycling can be financially rewarding. Companies can sell their glass products, and reusing them can reduce their production costs. Plus, think about how much money you can get from dropping off your empties – that nickel or dime adds up quickly. Companies can benefit from a baler to compact the glass for shipment.
A study showed that the glass recycling industry employs more than 1.1 million people and generates $236 billion in gross revenue.
Myth: Containers must be squeaky clean to be recycled
It is highly recommended to rinse your recyclables before putting them in the bin, but you don’t need to run them through the dishwasher. If you are recycling bottles, don’t worry about wine cork and a lemon wedge on it.
Myth: All types of glass is recyclable
This also depends on your municipality, but many glassware, windows, mirrors, and Pyrex can’t be recycled in your blue bin. You will likely need to drop it off at your local recycling facility or arrange a pick-up.