Due to poor access to recycling, and the folly of glass in single-stream recycling, your favorite bars, clubs, restaurants, breweries, local communities, and even you are tossing away millions and millions of glass bottles straight into the landfill without even knowing it.
There is nothing worse than throwing glass "away" and scientists still don't know how long glass takes to decompose in a landfill.
So, when your glass ends up the the landfill, it stays there forever, never to be used again.
This may surprise you, but when glass gets combined in single-stream recycling with paper, plastic, and aluminum, it becomes impossible for recycling facilities to remove. This is because glass breaks into too small of pieces to capture.
So, what's leftover is a whole lot of glass mixed with trash, which gets sent straight to the landfill.