Glass never wears out -- it can be recycled over and over again. Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass. Every day, Americans recycle about 13 million glass jars and bottles. Americans recycled enough glass last year to fill Giants Stadium more than 3 ½ times. If all the glass bottles and jars collected through recycling in the U.S. in 1994 were laid end to end, they'd reach the moon and half way back to earth
Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled -- 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar.
Producing a ton of glass from 100% raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste. Using 50% recycled glass cuts this waste by about 75%.
Recycling glass reduces air pollution by 14-20% and saves 25-32% more energy than making glass from virgin raw materials.
Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours.
Glass containers were recycled at a rate of 38% in 1996.