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Facts And Figures

- Glass is one of the easiest things to recycle - Recycling one tonne of glass saves over 300kgs of CO2 emissions

- For every tonne of recycled glass used in the manufacture of new glass, 1.2 tonnes of raw materials are preserved.

- If all the glass recycled by Glassco Recycling in 2013 were laid end-to-end, it would stretch for a distance of over 50,000kms!

- It would take 3,350 articulated trucks to transport this quantity of glass in one go. That's a 51 kilometre queue of trucks!

- 840,000 gallons of fuel were saved in the glass manufacturing process by using this recycled glass

- The creation of over 28,000 tons of CO2 was avoided by glass bottle manufacturers using the glass Glassco Recycling recycled in 2013

- Glass placed in landfill will never decompose. Archaeologists are still finding glass used during the Roman age.

- Each ton of glass that is recycled saves the equivalent of 9 gallons of fuel oil

- Recycling glass saves 25-32% of the energy used to make it.

- Glass is 100% recyclable and can be endlessly recycled with no loss in quality i.e. it can be recycled forever

- Up to 90% of new glass can be made from recycled glass

- Most bottles and jars contain at least 25% recycled glass

- On average an Irish family consumes around 500 glass bottles and jars each year

- Glass and can recycling generates CO2 savings as new materials do not have to be mined to manufacture new bottles and cans. Last year Glassco Recycling saved almost 38,000 tons of CO2 from being produced. This is the equivalent to taking 11,800 cars off Irish roads

- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for an hour or a television for 15 minutes

The materials glass manufacturing plants fear the most include:

- Ceramics such as cups and plates

- Pyro ceramic and heat resistant ovenware

- Stones

- Syringes

- Hazardous chemical or medicine bottles

- Plate, flat or window glass

- Lead-based glass such as crystal or television tubes