Recycle Glass Week is September 12-18, 2010. To celebrate, The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) along Verallia, have set up a new educational glass recycling website just for kiddos – Captain Cullet. Captain Cullet features cartoon characters (Captain Cullet and the Little Gob O’ Glass) sharing animated videos, activity books, online contests, quizzes, coloring books and more, all intended to help teach kids about recycling.
Recycling glass is easy and a big deal when it comes to environmental impact.
According to the Glass Packaging Institute, recycling bottles:
- Reduces energy costs by 2-3 percent for every 10 percent of furnace-ready scrap glass, also known as cullet, used during the manufacturing process.
- Conserves raw materials. 1 ton of recycled glass saves 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash and 380 pounds of limestone.
- Lowers landfill usage. Even with glass being 40 percent lighter than it was 20 years ago, it still places a burden on already overwhelmed sites.