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Glass facts


On average every family uses around 330 glass bottles
and jars every year.  Glass bottles and jars can easily be
recycled to make new glass bottles and jars or used in
industry as aggregate (building material) or sand.

The UK currently Recycles around 50% of glass containers
(like bottles and jars) which has doubled over the last 5 years.

Caerphily council has a recycling rate of 66% which is the 4th highest in Wales.

However, there is still a lot more work to do -  countries like Switzerland
and Finland Recycle more than 90% of their glass.



Recycled glass is used to make:

  • New bottles and jars
  • ‘Processed sand’ – finely ground glass used in golf course bunkers
  • ‘Glassphalt’ for road surfacing


Did you know...?

  • The average glass bottle contains over 25% recycled glass but green bottles can contain as much as 90% recycled glass!

  • Recycling 2 bottles saves enough energy to boil water for five cups of tea or power a computer for 50 minutes

  • The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes!

  • The energy saved from recycling a single bottle will power a 100 watt light bulb for almost an hour, or a colour TV for 20 minutes.