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IT TAKES JUST 30 DAYS FOR A GLASS BOTTLE TO GO FROM OUR BANKS BACK TO THE SHELVES

How are bottles used in Recycling?

The life of a bottle begins in the gathering of the three main components that create our glass bottles, these being:

  • Silica (Otherwise known as sand).

  • Sodium Carbonate (Used in the manufacturing of glass, paper and detergents).

  • Calcium Carbonate (Collected from limestone).

Once gathered, these materials are brought to a processing plant, where the new materials are used to create new bottles and old bottles are cleaned, crushed and melted back down - ready to combine with the new materials - but not just yet!

Once the new materials have been mixed with water, the mixture is placed into a furnace (along with the crushed previous bottles), in which it will spend around 4 hours at 1400°C. Once this process is over, the newly created glass is allowed to cool for a small period of time and then is shaped into a bottle.

However, this is not the end of the bottle manufacturing process!

After the new glass bottles have been molded into shape, they are then reheated to 600°C and cooled slowly to allow the glass to cool evenly - to release internal stresses which may weaken the bottle - resulting in a stronger glass bottle.

So, what happens to these bottles?

Glass bottles often have a single-use lifespan and those that are thrown away into landfill can virtually remain there for the rest of time, and never decay. This is why it is imperative, and why we - Indigo Waste Services - have taken it upon ourselves, to give our communities a system in which bottles may be safely disposed of and recycled.

After we have collected the bottles, they are then hauled to a bottle recycling plant where they can be put back through the manufacturing process once again.

URM’s Video on what happens to your glass

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Learn more about the process, down the line, on URM recycling’s webpage on the matter here.