Rubbish Fact No. 5
Wednesday 10th April 2019
Next in our 'Rubbish Facts' series we pay tribute to National Beer Day!
This year National Beer Day was acknowledged on Sunday 7th April, and while I for one enjoyed a cold one in this milder Spring weather, did you know 5 out of 6 glass bottles are thrown away!?
The shocking truth
In the UK alone, over 200 tonnes of glass bottles a year end up in landfill. A surprising and concerning truth, when just one recycled glass bottle saves enough energy to power a laptop for up to 30 minutes and the amount of glass recycled in a year provides the energy to launch 10 space shuttle missions!
Alert- boring, but interesting part up next...
A paper published last year, 'Circular Economy' details; "Circular economy practices offer the potential to capture the lost value from recycling of glass, creating opportunities for the reuse of materials and saving of raw materials, energy and carbon emissions." The objective is to create a never-ending chain in the use of glass and other recycled materials, from its original intended form to secondary materials. Many industries are adopting this concept, particularly in the construction industry where glass can be used as sand, gravel, concrete and insulation and much more. The attitude to recycling and waste management must be changed nationwide. Glass is amongst the most useful materials for recycling, owing to its sustainability and versatility.
Practice what you preach
At Site Solutions, we really do care about managing waste and recycling correctly. We only work with trusted and reliable sub-contractors who are professionally trained to manage all sorts of waste in the appropriate manner. A recent job required a glass skip to dispose of several tonnes of Georgian wired glass, an everyday skip would have meant all this glass would have gone to landfill, at landfill rates. We were able to source a recycler who would accept and recycle both wire and glass. To find out more click here and discover what we are doing to help everyone's future.
So, next time you're sitting in the sunshine, taking a swig from an ice cold beer; take a moment to consider whether your bottle will be used for your new kitchen worktops or the Astro turf at the sports centre where your child plays football...or you could just finish your beer and pop it in the recycling bin!