Glass is a common household and commercial product that’s used literally everywhere. However, like everything else in the world, glass bottles age and can’t be used for a long time. If you’re a DIY person, the best option for you to deal with your old glassware is by reusing it. Reusing glass bottles is a much greener option than recycling it or throwing it in your dumpster rental.
Reusing glass bottles has limitations though. While most glass bottles can last a good 30 years or so, some of the poorer-quality ones might start cracking early. Broken glass is a health hazard so you shouldn’t be reusing fragile glass for a long time.
Recycling is the next option when it comes to going green. If you have a stash of bottles that need to disposed of, head on over to a recycling center near your vicinity. Or if you’re undertaking a mega house cleaning project, simply rent a good dumpster rental service that can sort out the recyclable glass and take it to the recycling center themselves.
What Happens in Glass Recycling Centers
Glass is melted and crushed to form cullet that melts at a much lower temperature than the actual raw materials (limestone and sand) do in the furnace. This helps to conserve energy and produces lesser pollution. The furnace, without the cullet, is normally heated to over 3200 degrees Fahrenheit; with the cullet added, the heat can be reduced by a remarkable 20%.
The raw materials and cullet to form glass are also added with extra additives and artificial coloring to make the final color of the glass. The glass is finally molded into the desired shape and is ready to be used.
If you have bottles and other glass materials lying around in your home, consult with your local Wesley Chapel dumpster rental company about how you should manage it.
Reuse the glass if you can, otherwise there’s always the option of recycling it. Glass ending up in landfills can harm the environment so it’s important to avoid going down that route at all costs.
See yesterday's post here.