Glass bottle recycling Adelaide Super Collectors; such as Pooraka Bottle and Can Recycling Depot, receive most often are glass bottles that qualify for the South Australian governments container deposit refund scheme.
Under SA container deposit legislation, glass bottles marked with either:
“10c refund at collection depots when sold in SA” or
“10c refund at SA/NT collection depots in State/Territory of purchase”, can be taken to a recycling centre to collect 10 cents per glass bottle.
Being one of the most popular recycling centres Adelaide residents visit, ‘Pooraka Bottle and Can Centre’ sorts through the glass bottles; making sure all lids and caps have been removed, separating them into skips of different coloured glass before they are sent away to be recycled into other items, including fibreglass insulation, water filtration medium, abrasives such as sandpaper and more glass bottles.
Glass drink bottles sold in Adelaide; most of which contain alcoholic beverages, come primarily in three colours; clear, brown and green.
It is important that any impurities are removed before recycling glass bottles because even 25 grams of impurities per tonne of glass can result in the glass being rejected from the glass recycling process and sent to landfill dumps.
A large amount of energy is required to produce glass bottles due to the high temperature of 1500° Celsius required to melt it. There is also a cost on the environment by using raw materials that can not be replaced, such as sand, bauxite and iron ore. Recycling glass bottles therefore not only saves energy and greenhouse gas emissions it reduces the amount we take from our planet.
Glass Recycling Facts
- One glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to operate a 100 watt light globe for four hours,
- Recycling glass bottles saves 74% of the energy required to make glass bottles from raw materials,
- Just 5 grams of impure glass is enough to contaminate an entire tonne of recyclable glass bottles,
- Bottle glass can be recycled continuously.
Apart from helping the environment, you can make money recycling glass bottles; by taking them to ‘Pooraka Bottle and Can Recycling Centre’.
Note: glass jars that do not have the 10c refund deposit applied to them can still be collected and handed in at Pooraka Bottle and Can Recycling Depot for a small refund.
Other types of glass can not be recycled and are NOT Accepted, such as: light globes, oven-proof-glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, window and windscreen glass.