What is Glass Waste?
Glass waste simply refers to any glass products that have served their original purpose and must be disposed of safely and securely. There are various different kinds of glass waste, such as drinks bottles, food containers and jars, alongside glass used to store cosmetic products such as perfume. As a result, in the UK alone, we produce large volumes of glass waste every single day.
Despite this, glass is considered one of the easiest products to recycle and repurpose into something new. Furthemore, there are many benefits associated with recycling glass produced within the running of your business or at home. For example, it can help reduce the amount of money you spend on waste disposal (avoiding landfill fees). Furthemore, recycling glass products instead of fashioning new products entirely is a great way to reduce our energy consumption and protect the planet.
Glass Waste is produced in a wide range of businesses across the UK and beyond. This includes:
Hospitality Venues. Hospitality venues, such as Bars, Pubs and Restaurants, produce large volumes of glass waste every single day, usually in the form of drinkware or food storage containers.
Retailers. A wide range of retailers, particularly supermarkets, will also produce large volumes of glass waste in the day to day running of their business. For example, these companies are required to dispose of all expired or unsold products after a specific time frame, many of which may be stored within glass containers. In the same thread, food and drink packaging facilities also produce large volumes of glass waste.
Construction companies. Both residential and commercial construction companies also produce large volumes of glass waste. For example, this could include products such as mirrors, window frames and lightbulbs.
Laboratories. Laboratories, or companies that produce products used within a lab setting, also produce large volumes of glass waste. This is typically in the form of vials, containers and jars. As these products could have been exposed to dangerous chemicals or substances, they must be treated with particular care and discretion.
Opticians. Opticians also produce large volumes of glass waste, often during the production of new lenses. However, a lot of the equipment used within these facilities also use a lot of glass products.
According to a recent report from RecycleNow, hospitality venues in the UK send over 129,000 tonnes of glass to landfill sites every year. This figure is surprising when we consider the fact that most glass products are 100% recyclable. Right now, it’s estimated that we recycle around 50% of the glass products we use.
There are various ways in which we can begin to reduce the volume of glass waste we produce within the UK. For example, businesses should:
Reuse products where possible. For example, instead of throwing away glass jars after use, they could be cleaned and used to store other products. Furthermore, hospitality venues can donate old kitchenware and glasses to charities instead of simply replacing them outright.
Handle products with care. We often dispose of glass products whenever they are damaged, meaning they could have a much longer life if handled with the appropriate care and consideration.
Put together a recycling scheme. Incorporating a recycling scheme into your waste management plan can also help you to reduce the amount of glass waste you produce. For example, providing your employees with easy access to the appropriate recycling containers can reduce the amount of glass waste that is disposed of incorrectly. In house recycling schemes also encourage employees to be more eco-conscious and wary of creating too much waste.
Over 28 billion glass bottles and jars are sent to landfills each year globally.
Glass products do not decompose naturally. In fact, studies suggest that it could take over 1 million years for a small glass bottle to break down within a landfill site. During this time, they will contribute heavily to the overcrowding of landfills and the production of greenhouse gases.
Recycling one tonne of glass saves one tonne of resources.
If broken, shattered or damaged, glass waste could present a threat to those who come into contact with it. As a result, glass products must be stored in specialist containers made from tough, durable material. This means that they cannot be easily pierced or damaged. At Divert, we’d recommend that you use:
120L Glass Wheelie Bins
240L Glass Wheelie Bins
360L Glass Wheelie Bins.
However, certain products, such as bulbs or laboratory glass waste, may require specialist containers. If this is the case, we’ll provide you with a range of storage solutions that meet your needs.
If you accidentally smash or damage any glass products before disposal, place them in a bag before putting them in the container itself to enhance your safety measures.
At Divert, we can help you find new ways to safely and securely store and dispose of all waste produced within the daily running of your business or within your home. To achieve this goal, we will:
Provide you with access to free storage containers and bins.
Put together a flexible waste collection schedule explicitly tailored to your company or the volume of waste you are producing. Depending on your needs, we can arrange for waste to be collected daily, weekly, or monthly.
Ensure all waste is disposed of safely and securely. Primarily, this means that we will divert your business waste away from landfill sites and to recycling facilities.