OK, here we go.  Everything you ever wanted to know about how glass is recycled.  But first . . . the obligatory company plug.  

At Clear Intentions, we know glass recycling.  That's because we  are Colorado's first and only glass recycling facility.  We are on a mission to recycle 100% of all of Colorado's glass, about 300 MILLION pounds of it.  No small feat, but our team kicks ass, and lives glass recycling in and out.

Now to the good stuff, with the help from our friends at recyclingguide.org.  Hover for captions. :)

The consumer throws glass into a recycle bin.

The consumer throws glass into a recycle bin.

Glass is taken from the bin and taken to a glass treatment plant like Clear Intentions

Glass is taken from the bin and taken to a glass treatment plant like Clear Intentions

The glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities.

The glass is sorted by colour and washed to remove any impurities.

It's a beautiful thing when consumers collect their recyclables! (1)  It's even more beautiful when those bottles are sent to a glass-only recycling facility like Clear Intentions! (2) Look how happy these bottles are.  That's because they're getting cleaned and separated by their awesome colors! (3)

The glass is then crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and jars. Or it may be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative uses.

The glass is then crushed and melted, then moulded into new products such as bottles and jars. Or it may be used for alternative purposes such as brick manufacture or decorative uses.

The glass is then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.

The glass is then sent back to the shops ready to be used again.

Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.

Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled again and again.

Next up, the happy bottles get crushed into beach sand, similar to the sand found on secluded beach islands. And then they're molded into new bottles with millions and millions of their friends. (4) Once done, they are back on the shelves in as little as 30 days! Fast than aluminum cans can say. (5) And since glass is infinitely recyclable without any loss of quality, they can go through the whole process till the end of time!

 

So, think of us next time you're in Colorado and need a place to recycle your glass.  Clear Intentions has tons of drop-offs around the state, so get recycling!!!

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