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  • Glass recycling is the process of turning waste glass into usable products.
  • Glass containers are 100 percent recyclable and can be made into new glass containers infinitely.
  • Recycled glass is substituted for up to 70% of raw materials used in making new glass.
  • Glass containers and bottles suitable for recycling are collected and taken to the local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). At the MRF the glass is separated according to colour.
  • Recycled glass is also used as building aggregate, in water filtration and for building materials.
  • The glass recycling process produces a crushed-glass product called 'cullet'. Cullet is often mixed with virgin glass materials to produce new products.
  • In Canada, for instance, more than one million tonnes of container glass is produced per annum. The total mass of recycled glass amounts to only 300,000 tonnes.
  • Different types of glass can be recycled, but only container glass can be turned into furnace-ready cullet and only container glass is accepted in municipal curbside recycling programs.
  • In Australia, most glass produced contains a substantial proportion of recycled glass.
  • Glass recycling is a practical way for everyone to contribute to conservation and protection of the
  • Every metric ton (one long ton or 1,000 kg) of waste glass recycled into new items saves 315 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere during the creation of new glass.

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