Glass can be found to make up, on average, 8% of general waste. If we can recycle any of this glass, savings can be made by reducing the overall amount of waste to be disposed of. And, in addition the life of landfill sites is also extended.
Glass is made up of cheap and plentiful raw materials, The process of making glass however requires large amounts of these materials. Glass is made up of 72% sand 14% soda ash and 12% limestone.
For every tonne of waste glass used in a furnace there is a saving of 1.2 tonnes of primary raw materials. This reduces quarrying for sand and limestone which contributes to the preservation of our countryside.
LJMU now has internal glass recycling facilites available throughout the University.