Can glass go in general waste?

Glass waste management

This recycling reduces the amount of waste that is then sent to landfill, saving both raw materials and energy compared to the manufacture of glass from new raw materials.

Every kilogram of recycled material can be reused and recycled again. Glass is an ideal material for recycling, as it can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing its properties.

The use of recycled glass helps to save the energy of its production (up to 60%), is less expensive, helps to reduce the waste eventually sent to waste plants and landfills and reduces the consumption of raw materials.

Recycled glass requires 26 % less energy than making it from scratch and reduces air emissions from manufacturing by 20 %, polluting 40 % less water, which is equivalent to saving approximately 1.2 kilograms of virgin material, as well as every ton of waste glass that is recycled prevents 315 kilograms of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere during glass manufacturing.[4]

To be deposited in the yellow garbage can

Plastic packaging (plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic containers such as yogurt, butter, cleaning products, etc.), beverage cans and food cans, tetrabricks, polystyrene trays, aluminum foil, cling film, etc.

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The collected glass is taken to the recycling plant, cleaned, everything that is not glass (labels, glue, etc.) is removed and crushed into powder. This serves as raw material to manufacture glass containers such as the original ones to make bottles, light bulbs, jars, etc.

The collected material also goes to the respective recycling plants, where it is shredded and compacted and transformed into large paper bales. These bales are then hydrated to create paper pulp that goes through a cleaning process. Once dry, it is ironed and rolled into reels for distribution to paper mills. Recycled paper is used to make new boxes, toilet paper, sacks for construction materials.

Basically anything that if you left it in a bag after days it would rot. Waste organic matter, vegetable and/or animal waste. Remains of food or gardening. They are normally taken to parks where they are converted into compost that is used mainly as organic fertilizer. It is also used to generate biogas, a type of renewable energy used to produce electricity.

Recycling trash cans

It’s a scene that can be repeated in many households: someone with a waste in hand, hesitating between throwing it into the general waste bin or the plastic bin. If, after a few seconds of hesitation, you decide that, for example, a toothbrush has to go in the yellow garbage can because it is made of plastic, or that a broken glass should go in the green bin because it is made of glass, you will be making one of many mistakes that occur daily in the separation of household waste, warn the companies in charge of recycling.

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Even if they are made of plastic, they do not go into the yellow garbage can because they are not containers. Some of them also contain other materials, such as electrical components. The most correct thing would be to take them to a clean point (or deixalleria), since the plastics of the toys are of good quality, they can be melted and reincorporated to the productive cycle. If not, they should be thrown into the waste container. “There are also different NGOs that collect used toys for social works,” reminds Ecoembes.

To be deposited in the green container

Respect for the environment requires a series of commitments and actions to be carried out in order to preserve nature and the landscape. And for that, among many tools, there are the recycling bins and containers with their variants for different types of waste.

By recycling, we can avoid the creation of new waste and its accumulation. It represents a significant energy and economic saving, in addition to reducing management costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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We have talked to people who know about waste handling and containers, with to tell you how to learn to recycle with consistency in front of the garbage containers. So take note!

The symbols of recycling are varied and the meaning is fundamental to give a correct treatment to the waste and thus avoid the dumping of improper waste that will damage the recycling system.

The recycling of plastic packaging represents approximately 11 to 12% of the total weight of the waste we generate.  Fortunately, we are becoming more and more aware of its use, especially with the plastic bag, but even so, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.