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Most of us are aware about plastic recycling but are you aware that even the glass products can be easily recycled? Let us find out how...

Each one of us loves breaking glass! In today's world, recycling almost everything has become important. Surprisingly, glass is one the easiest products to be recycled and this is because it has become a main staple of the recycling industry. It is one man-made product that can be re-made time and again, without losing any of its properties and without polluting the environment.

Most of us are aware about plastic recycling but are you aware that even the glass products can be easily recycled? Let us find out how...

What is Glass Recycling?

Just like plastics, even glass is recycled. By the process of glass recycling, used glass products are turned back into "new" glass products. Glass recycling is in fact a much more efficient process than plastic recycling as plastics are usually "down cycled" into a lower-quality form of plastic. Plastic water bottles, for example, cannot be recycled into new plastic bottles, but glass containers can be recycled indefinitely into new glass containers or other products that contain glass.

In fact, it has been found by some estimates that recycling glass uses 40 per cent less energy than creating new glass from silica sand, lime and soda ash. Recycled glass also creates about 20 per cent less air pollution and 50 per cent less water pollution.

When glass is recycled, it is cleaned and separated by colour. All other items, including plastic and metal caps, are also removed. Recycled glass is then crushed into a mixture called as cullet, which is then sold back to glass manufacturing facilities.

How to Recycle Glass

Glass recycling requirements differ from town to town. While some places require customers to sort glass by colour, others accept a mix of glass, plastic and metal in one recycling bin. Most glass recyclers, however, accept only glass from food or drink containers.

You can check with your local recycling centre or waste hauler about their particular glass recycling requirements, but here are some guidelines that most places follow:

  • Do not throw away window glass, mirrors, glass cups or tumblers, ceramic, Pyrex or other items that are not food or drink containers.
  • Rinse food and drink out of the container or bottle.
  • Make sure to remove the cap, wires, neck rings or other non-glass items. You can probably leave the paper label on, however.

One of the most important components for any waste recycling venture is conveyors. Once the glass has been collected and sorted, it needs to be crushed and taken to the next step. This is where the conveyor comes in. Conveyors have a wide range of applications, anything from chemical ingredients to food or industrial waste. The conveyors are the ones that connect the different parts of the process right from taking raw material through to finished product. Getting the right conveyor for your operation is important. The aim is to move large or bulk batches through the process at a constant and efficient rate. Each system is especially designed for a particular application. The amount of space available is also important and the systems can be tailored to size. Inclined or bucket systems may be necessary for limited work areas. For glass recycling, trough or covered belts would be the best bet. The milled or crushed glass has to be contained while moving as a health and safety precaution. Depending on the workload, this can be a simple stop or start manual operation or an automated constant flow or periodic cycle.

Today, we have many companies that specialize in glass recycling and thus this has become an important process to save our earth.

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