Glass worth its weight in, well, glass



What’s the deal with glass? I get that question at least twice a week. Brownstown, Medora and Crothersville take glass. Seymour doesn’t take it on the curb, but will take it if you bring it to them.

What is the difference?

Let’s start with a little Recycling 101. Glass is made from sand and other materials. It can be clear, brown, blue or green. Glass can be melted down and recycled without having to add anything to the mix and nothing is left over.

Glass has been around for about 3,000 years; and because it never decomposes, all the glass that was ever made is here on Earth somewhere. Most of it is on or in the ground.

Once glass is colored, the color can never be removed. So a brown beer bottle will always be brown and can be recycled only into brown glass.

That really limits what can be done with that bottle. Because glass is relatively cheap to produce and the materials needed to make it are readily available and in great supply, there is not much demand for glass, especially if it is colored.

This story appears in the print edition of The Tribune. Subscribers can read the entire story online by signing in here or in our e-Edition by clicking here.

All content copyright ©2014 The Tribune, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.