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´╗┐Glass Recycling and the Green Movement


Glass recycling before and after the green movement has a fascinating history. Way back in history we were not the wasteful folks we became in later years. Glass recycling isn't particularly new. From the time of our hunting and gathering ancestors we have made good use of what we had. At one previous point glass was a particularly costly commodity, so folks would not immediately discard glass into the trash. We did not become a wasteful folk until the appearance of technology that made our natural resources simply expendable.

There is a giant difference in glass recycling before and after the green movement. Until latest years we were tossing away jars and bottles into the burning barrel or taking them to the local landfill. In all cases, glass does not break down into its component parts. When you burn glass in your burning barrel it turns black, but does not melt away, nor does glass break down into the sand, ash and limestone that it came from.

Glass recycling before and after the green movement teaches us the importance of reusing or recycling glass. To make a lot of glass it takes more than a large amount of raw materials. Then it needs a heavy amount of energy to provide the heat that liquifies the raw materials into the product that we all know as glass. To make glass from recycled glass takes only a fragment of the energy that it takes to make glass from scratch, and it does not take any raw materials.

The researchers that have studied glass recycling before and after the green movement have taught us that it is much more environmentally friendly to use glass rather than plastic. Glass is much cleaner to use as a container. Most plastics will lose some of its properties into the product that's contained, while glass won't.

Do you remember having milk brought to your doorstep? If you are past the age forty you most likely still can recollect the milkman delivering your milk in glass bottles. After we employed the milk we washed out the bottles and set them out on the step for the milk delivery person to pick up and take back to the company. Glass recycling before and after the age of the door to door milk delivery person has changed. The grocery store chains get their milk from factory farms and the milk is delivered in plastic jugs, because plastic is a more disposable commodity and less expensive to produce. The unhappy thing about using plastic is that plastic can only be recycled a few times before it becomes fragile, but glass never loses any of its properties no matter how many times it is recycled.



 

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