We all know disposing of glass can not only be expensive for your business, but it can also be a health and safety hazard too. Glass waste can be difficult to dispose of in your general waste bin and bulky to store on site. That’s where commercial glass recycling comes in.
Glass waste is produced by a wide variety of businesses, but do you know how or why commercial glass recycling is so important? Here are our 5 top reasons:
1) Glass Is Perpetually Recyclable
Glass is one of the few materials which is perpetually recyclable. This means it can be recycled again and again without any reductions to the purity or quality of the glass.
When glass is recycled and melted down, it can be made into new items. Some of these items include drinking glasses and glass fiber. Once your glass is at the recycling plant, it will be cleaned and crushed before being melted and shaped into new bottles and jars of any shape or size.
If you were to not recycle your glass waste, it would take 1 million years for this to decompose in landfill. All the while littering our eco-system.
2) It Can Easily Be Recycled into Something New
We accept and recycle a mixture of glass waste. Including bottles, jars, and glassware. The vast majority of our glass waste is sent to our local partners, Beatson Clark. It is then crushed, melted, and molded into new products.
Recycling is inevitably a priority to your customers and stakeholders, too. So knowing your glass waste is being made into new glass bottles instead of sat in a landfill site also benefits your reputation and company image.
3) Glass Recycling Will Save You Money
It is actually cheaper to recycle your glass!
As the price of landfill tax grows more expensive due to the constraints on landfills in the UK, so does the cost of disposing of your general waste.
There has never been more of a focus on being environmentally conscientious and as we continue to struggle with the amount of waste being sent to landfills. Landfill tax will always increase, meaning recycling your waste has never been cheaper.
4) Glass Recycling Is Great for The Environment
Not only is recycling your commercial glass waste a cost effective waste solution for your business. But by recycling your waste glass instead of creating more from raw materials, we are using far less energy. Therefore, reducing the carbon footprint of our business too.
Recycling glass has the same equivalent effect as removing 120,000 cars from the road in terms of reducing CO2 emissions.
Every 1000 tonnes of recycled glass that gets melted down saves 314 tonnes of CO2!
Air pollution is also positively affected by glass recycling as it is reduced by 20% and water pollution by a massive 50%.
5) Glass Recycling Protects Our Countryside
Glass recycling conserves our countryside as it reduces the need to quarry more raw materials. By recycling instead of creating new glass, we save on the usage of materials such as sand, soda ash, limestone and colour additives. This in turn protects our landscapes and the natural habitats which exist all over the UK.
Each year 200,000 tonnes of glass is sent to landfill within the hospitality industry alone. This makes it all the more important to ensure that your glass waste is being disposed of responsibly.
A glass bottle you send to recycle can be re-made into a new product within 30 days. As glass is a primary material, your waste could be re-used to make an array of commercial use items such as bottles, jars, and tiles.
With KCM, it’s easy for you to recycle your commercial glass waste. You don’t have to segregate by colour or type. All glass waste collected will be brought back to our own recycling site in Rotherham. It will then be sorted and cleaned before being distributed to manufacturers to create new glass products.
We will provide you with the appropriate glass waste container for your site. We can arrange either weekly or ad-hoc collections, ensuring minimal disruption to your business.
We cover all areas surrounding Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, Chesterfield and Worksop.