Past Practices

  • Historically, glass recycling has been done using color-sorted recycled glass: amber (brown) glass to make amber containers; flint (clear) glass to make flint containers; green glass to make green containers

Mixed Cullet

 

  • Color-sorting glass cullet is expensive and ends up wasting a lot of the glass that could otherwise be recycled-sorting glass cullet is expensive and ends up wasting a lot of the glass that could otherwise be
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  • Co-Mingled, single-stream recycling, is making it even more expensive to separate glass by color

Co-Mingled Recyclables Awaiting Sorting

 

  • As a result, almost 50% of the recycler’s glass today ends up as 3-color mixed cullet and is either stockpiled or sent to landfills

Typical Pile of Unused Mixed-Cullet

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