Most types of glass are recyclable, including clear, brown, and green glass bottles and jars. However, not all glass can be recycled due to its composition. Some types of glass, such as tempered glass, ceramics, and Pyrex, are not suitable for recycling because they have different melting temperatures or chemical compositions that make them difficult to recycle.
Glass recycling is the processing of waste glass into usable products. The industry term for furnace-ready recycled glass is “cullet.” Glass cullet is classified in sizes that can range from pebbles to sand and even powder.
Common non-container uses
- Fiberglass manufacturing
- Binder in ceramics and bricks
- Filler in paint and plastic
- Filtration media