In 2012, Singapore generated 74,900 tonnes of glass waste and our recycling rate was 26%. In comparison, South Africa's rate was 47%, Australia's 49%; and the US' 34%. Interestingly, there are no glass recycling plants in Singapore, and glass waste is sorted and exported overseas for recycling.
But why should we recycle glass? The environmental benefits are many. According to Waste Online, if recycled glass is used to make new bottles and jars, energy required to fuel the furnaces are greatly reduced. Even after factoring in the transport and processing processes, 315kg of CO2 is saved per tonne of glass melted. So for every tonne of recycled glass used, 1.2 tonnes of raw materials are preserved. Additionally, recycling will reduce the amount of waste in our landfills.
So do your part and take actions for earth ... every little bit counts!