Glass bottles are great for containers, since the material used to make them is both abundant and inert. But only one quarter of bottles are recycled, with the rest taking up valuable space in landfills.
Recycling glass bottles also saves energy and reduces the greenhouse gases produced in the manufacture and shipping of new glass containers. So the next time you finish a drink, don’t throw the bottle away—recycle it!
There’s something to be said for the classics. Take Coca-Cola, for example. I’m not talking about the original formula vs. New Coke, but the glass bottles. To me, they look good and feel good; but what should happen to a bottle after you’re finished with it? In one word: recycle.
There are so many things that can be made from recycled bottles, like flooring and countertops; but unfortunately, of the 40 billion glass bottles made every year, close to 75% of them wind up in a landfill. That’s a pure shame, because using recycled glass from local recycling programs means minimum transportation impact and minimal greenhouse gas emissions. You also get a product easier to maintain without a lot of harsh chemicals.
We all win with recycled glass. So have a Coke, recycle, and smile.