No, that is a myth. All of the glass that is sorted at recycling stations or in recycling rooms is kept separate. It might look like the glass is being mixed when the bins are collected, but the trucks have two separate compartments on their platform. Colored and clear glass are kept separate throughout the entire process.
Separate glass bottles and jars and send them for recycling. Colored and clear glass containers are sorted separately.
Did you know...
…by sending your glass packaging for recycling, you are saving both natural resources and energy. Making new glass from melted recycled glass requires 20 percent less energy than making glass from virgin materials. In addition, glass production from recycled glass reduces carbon emissions. Glass packaging is infinitely recyclable and can be used to make new bottles and jars.
How to do it
Tips & Trix
Remove corks and lids made from other materials. You don’t have to remove the metal band around the neck of the bottle from the screw cap. The bottlenecks are separated, and the metal bands are recycled separately.
The glass is not mixed when it is collected
The trucks that pick up glass packaging have two compartments on their platforms, one for colored glass and one for clear. It’s difficult to see, which is why it’s a common misconception that all of the glass is mixed.
How recycling works
Have you ever wondered what happens to your glass packaging after you leave it for recycling? Take a look inside the recycling facility!
Frequently asked questions
Yes, it is a myth that sorting does not matter. All packaging that enters the recycling system is helping to develop recycling schemes, so that even more packaging can become new material in the future. Packaging that is not sent for recycling is incinerated. By sorting your packaging, you are helping to conserve natural resources and contributing to a circular economy. For example, CO₂ emissions are halved when you sort your plastic packaging instead of throwing it in the bin.
All packaging that FTI collects is transported to recycling facilities that recycle as much of the collected material as possible. The material that can’t be recycled is sent for energy recovery and used as a substitute for fossil raw materials in industry.