Glass Bottles

Brooke Nelson

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How it's Made

Bottle manufacturing takes place at a glass container factory in multiple steps. The first stage of glass-container making begins with the processes, which typically employ high amounts of heat to produce and shape a glass container. A furnace is first used to mold molten glass, which fed to the furnace as glass feed stock.
IS machines have between five and 20 sections, all identical, which can each carry out the glass-container forming process simultaneously and completely. The result is that five to 20 containers can be produced with one machine at the same time.

Glass Pollution

Glass, if thrown away, adds mass to landfills, and broken shards harm the wildlife. The process of creating a new bottle creates a lot of pollution, so When a glass bottle is recycled to make a new one, is saves a lot on fossil fuel emissions, rather than having to create a whole new bottle. Glass shards, when thrown away get into the ocean and harm sea life, and can wash onto beaches and harm humans.


Glass is melted at high temperatures, and formed into tiny pellets that are remelted and formed into new bottles or other glass products. Glass is 100% recyclable and there is no loss in the quality of glass through the recycling process.

The recycling approach that the industry favors is any recycling program that results in contaminant-free recycled glass. This helps ensure that these materials are recycled into new glass containers. While curbside collection of glass recyclables can generate high participation and large amounts of recyclables, drop-off and commercial collection programs tend to yield higher quality recovered container glass.


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