Glass. It should be one of the most easily recyclable materials. Glass can be recycled into new bottles and jars an infinite number of times and it never wears out. Making new glass items from recycled glass reduces related water pollution by 50%. And recycling a single glass jar conserves enough electricity to power an 11 watt CFL bulb for 20 hours.
Even so, more than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in our country’s landfills every year. One of the reasons so much glass ends up in landfills is because much of it is broken before it can be recycled. It’s difficult for glass manufacturers to sort the glass by color once it’s broken, so it’s typically transported to landfills in those instances.
Rumpke Waste and Recycling, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, identified this environmental concern and decided to do something about it.