According to scientists, it would take approximately one million years for glass to break down naturally in a landfill site, and less than 60% of glass gets recycled in Australia.
When glass is manufactured from recycled materials, the energy used is up to 75% less than the energy required to make glass from sand. Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without losing quality or purity.
Furnace-ready glass fines and/or cullet can be re-melted and remanufactured into new glass containers, flat glass and glass foam. Likewise, container glass can be recycled and re-melted into new containers many times.
Non-furnace-ready glass fines and/or cullet can only be used once. They can be used for many purposes, for example, sandblasting, construction backfill, decorative and filtration applications.
Since March 2020, when the Australian state and territory governments implemented the export ban on unprocessed glass, the need for glass crushing systems has been evident to councils and small to medium-sized enterprises.
There is a range of machines available to reduce your glass to cullet, safe-handling glass or all the way down to sand.