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on January 7, 2011

It sure is nice that glass is one of the easiest things to recycle. Now if we would all do it, that would be even better. Did you know  that glass takes between 1 and 2 million years to decompose, or maybe even longer, but who cares once you get to the first million. This is compared to plastic, which in landfill can take up to 1000 years, and to aluminum which will maybe do it 80 to 200 years.

Glass is mostly made of sand. The recycling process involves breaking it into small pieces called “cullet” and then melting it down to reshape into something new. This can be done over and over with the same glass. Black obsidian glass from volcanos has probably been around as long as Earth itself. Bottom line, glass may transform, but it isn’t going to disappear.

This old bottle is doing some transforming with a little color .

The process for recycling glass is easier on the environment than the manufacturing of new glass, which is one of the main reasons to recycle glass. Keep in mind that just reusing glass containers solves this problem too.  Start the new year out with recycling or reusing glass containers. If you throw them out  they may come back to haunt you  a couple million years from now.


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