The Importance of Recycling Green Glass

What do beer, wine, and certain types of pickles have in common? They are all sold in green glass bottles or jars. The coloring of glass is often done as a way of protecting the contents from the effects of direct sunlight and the changes in temperatures that this can cause.

So, if you are a regular recycler, you are probably taking those old wine bottles and tossing them right into the glass bin, but you are actually making a mistake. Though it sounds like a real pain in the neck, it is necessary to separate your colored glass items.



Reasons to Separate Glass (Green)

Why? Though the fundamental “recipe” for glass is generally the same, there are special ingredients and materials added to molten glass in order to allow it to have a specific hue or shade. There are also some materials added to give glass the ability to reflect light too. Because of this it becomes vitally important to categorize your recyclable glass according to the primary color. Green glass, blue glass, and brown glass seem to be the extent of separation necessary, so it isn’t that difficult.

You may still doubt that separation is important, but remember that green glass can have things like copper and chromium, and this can reduce the quality of the batch of recycled glass to the point that it cannot be used.

Separating Glass (Green) for Recycling

Instead of risking the loss of entire batches of recycled glass, it is best to just identify the colors that appear most often in your recycling bins (usually it is green and clear) and then create separate containers for them. Your local recycling firm may not separate with their curb side pickup, but many transfer stations and recycling centers do separations and are happy to take your deliveries – whatever the volume or size.