The Recycling Journey Of Glass
It is something that we use fairly frequently, and it’s a very precious resource. However, the way in which it is made puts a lot of pressure onto the environment. For this reason, a lot of people choose to recycle their glass because they’re assured that this has a better effect on the environment. But a lot of people don’t know what actually happens to this glass when it is recycled. To try and help you understand, we’re going to look at the recycling process here.
So, What Happens?
To begin with, we have to take a look at glass as it leaves your home. It’s collected by the local authority, and transported to a recycling centre. The glass is then sorted by colour and size, and moved to a processing plant. There, it’s ground down into small pieces. The crushing process is designed to remove impurities and imperfections in the glass, with the finished product being the end result of exposure to all kinds of high tech instruments.
From there, the glass is moved into a furnace and heated to extremely high temperatures. This melts it down and makes it suitable to be turned into something called a glob. This is, at a basic level, a spherical chunk of melted glass which is malleable and can be changed into a variety of shapes. The glass is then shaped into whatever design is required, and left to cool. As the glob cools down, the glass gardens and becomes what we’re familiar with. From there, it can be given a new label, cleaned and sent off to be used to hold something else.
Overall, the recycling process is actually pretty cool when you think about it. Glass is originally made from sand, but the process is extremely complicated and taxing on our natural resources. However, this process is not as damaging, and means that the glass can be used for something brand new. On average, 60% of all the glass in the U.K. is recycled, which means that there’s not as much new material being produced on a daily basis. It’s important that we recycle as often as possible, because it’s vital to protect the environment as much as we can. Resources are limited, and this means that we have to be careful about what we throw away and what we can reuse. If not for us, but for the generations that will come after us.