Recycling is essential to creating a sustainable package. It “closes the loop,” turning recycled glass containers, called cullet, into new bottles and jars.
Bottle-to-bottle recycling is the highest and best use of recycled glass. But it requires a consistent supply of high-quality cullet—which can make up to 70% of the raw material mix. Contamination from non-container glass, metal, gravel, and dirt can occur when glass containers are set out for recycling, during collection and processing, or in transit.
Unwanted items in cullet:
- decrease the value of recovered glass
- increase recycling costs
- slow container production
- reduce glass quality
- damage glass manufacturing equipment
Download GPI’s brochure on glass recycling and quality.
Where to Recycle Glass Bottles and Jars
Visit Earth 911 to find a location for:
- Residential curbside collection
- Drop-off collection sites
Visit ContainerRecycling.org to learn about:
- Beverage Container Recycling Refund Programs (AKA "bottle bils") (currently in 10 states)
Download the PDF for:
Visit the Glass Resource Locator to see how to deposit unused inventory and find in-house cullet at glass manufacturing plants.
June 24, 2015 - GPI Encourages Glass Recycling for Baton Rouge, LA
View a list of State Recycling Organizations (SROs). This list was developed by GPI to provide information to individuals, communities, municipalities and businesses seeking information on where and how to recycle glass. As recycling is often a local issue, the SROs have a wealth of in-state information on collection, sorting, processing and end markets for recycled glass. This list is current as of June, 2015.