FACT FILE: Glass Recycling & Recovery

FACT FILE: Glass Recycling & Recovery

Glass is one of the most common materials in the world, which can be found all around us. Our history with glass dates back well over 5,000 years ago when the first form of glass packaging was used. Since then, glass has come a long way and it is used practically everywhere – both indoors and outdoors.

However, the increased use of glass also means increased production of glass waste. While Australia has a good glass recycling and recovery rate, we still generate a lot of glass waste which must be carefully monitored and reduced.

Reducing glass waste starts with recycling. But, to recycle glass, it must be disposed of correctly. Today, I’ll tell you how to do so. But first, let’s take a look at some useful information related to glass recycling and recovery.

Glass Recycling and Recovery

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but glass is an infinitely recyclable resource. However, not all forms of glass can be recycled. Ceramics, ovenproof glasses, drinking glasses and glass window panes are some types that cannot be recycled unlike glass bottles. This is because these forms of glass have a different melting temperature than that of glass bottles.

For glass bottles to decompose naturally, it takes more than a million years. This provides all the more reason for recycling glass as much as possible.

Suez Recycling and Recovery states that recycling glass uses 75% less energy than manufacturing glass from raw materials. Moreover, over one tonne of various natural resources is saved every time a tonne of glass is recycled.

To give you a better idea, recycling one glass saves enough energy to power a 100W bulb for 4 hours. This also equates to the energy required to power a fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.

And, that’s not all – recycled glass has other uses too. Recycled glass works as a wonderful substitute for sand when used in concrete. A specific form of crushed, recycled glass is used for this purpose known as cullet.

How to dispose glass waste properly

To correctly recycle glass waste, consider hiring a Brisbane waste removal company such as 4 Waste Removals. We provide services all across Brisbane Southside and we’ll make sure that most of your glass waste is sent for recycling. We’ll dispose what cannot be recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Take advantage of our junk skip bin service to make your glass waste woes a thing of the paste. Our experts will make waste removal extremely simple for you. And, with our unique walk-in skips, you’ll have no problems safely loading glass into our bins. Regardless of how much waste you have, whether from households, construction or business sites, our skips are all you need to remove your waste.

And, if you don’t have the time, you can even make use of our hands-on waste removal service. In this case, our rubbish removers will do everything for you. Right from collecting the trash to loading it onto a skip to disposing it, our experts will do it all.


While glass is infinitely recyclable, some types of glass are not. Now, all forms of glass take over a million years to decompose naturally. This is why glass must always be disposed with care and recycled whenever possible. Recycling of glass saves a lot of energy and natural resources. Moreover, recycled glass can be put to many different uses as well.

To recycle your glass waste, simply get in touch with our rubbish removal experts here at 4 Waste Removals.

Or, order one of our junk skip bins today to get rid of your glass waste in an easy and affordable manner.


For a reliable waste removal service in Brisbane, contact 4 Waste Removals.