The Coeur d’Alene Glass Recycling Company was started in 2012 by a small group of volunteers dedicated to reducing glass from being thrown into the local landfill. 75% of all glass ends up in landfills, and here in Coeur d’Alene we throw away approximately 250 tons of glass per year! Glass is easily recyclable by crushing it down into “cullet”; which has no sharp edges and can be used in a variety of different ways, from construction backfill to landscaping and countertops.
Coeur d’Alene Glass Recycling is a volunteer run and operated program that was created to meet the needs of the community- to reduce glass from unnecessarily being thrown into the local landfill and find new uses for the ground glass cullet.
WHY RECYCLE GLASS?
- Container glass is 100% recyclable, can be recycled endlessly, and is a primary ingredient in fiberglass insulation and new glass containers.
- Burying perfectly good glass in the landfill wastes all the material, energy, and labor that went into making it.
- Using recycled glass produces 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than creating new glass (or fiberglass) from raw materials.
- Every ton of glass that’s recycled results in more than one ton of raw materials saved. That’s 1,300 lbs. of sand, 410 lbs. of soda ash, 380 lbs. of limestone, and 150 lbs. of feldspar.
- Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. (Imagine how long it would light a compact fluorescent!)
- A six-pack of recycled beer bottles produces enough fiberglass insulation to fill a standard wall cavity.
Join CDA Glass Recycling as a member and start recycling your glass now!