“People have been making glass for more than 4000 years, and it’s one of the few materials in the world that is perpetually recyclable. The same glass can be broken down and reused over and over again — theoretically, a million times over.
Since recycled glass melts at a lower temperature than new materials, it takes less energy to reuse. In fact, much of the glass in your favorite bottle of beer has possibly been in tens, if not hundreds of bottles of beer before.”
The glass from recycling facilities “goes through a mechanical crushing system that breaks it into tiny pieces called cullet. From there, the cullet passes through a series of magnets, screens and vacuums to remove any remaining metal, plastic, bits of labels, etc”….even lime wedges.
Although it is ideal for recycling centers to have clean, empty materials to sort and bale, some contaminants can be handled fairly easily while still rendering the recycling load as viable.
For more information on recycling visit www.wasteawaygroup.com.