5Cs Daily Tip: Glass Recycling

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When you break glass in your Caribbean home, what do you do with it? If you throw it in the trash where does it go? Find out if your island or country has a recycling program for glass.

Recycling one ton of glass saves:

  • 42 kWh of energy
  • 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil
  • 714,286 Btu's of energy
  • 2 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 7.5 pounds of air pollutants from being released

Glass Recycling Tips

  • Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water.
  • Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process.
  • Avoid breaking the glass and mixing broken colours together as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.

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