Glass is 100% infinitely recyclable with no loss in strength or quality. Closed loop recycling means that a recycled glass container becomes a new glass container, without waste.
Currently over 50% of the UK glass container waste stream is recycled. This is not down-cycled or deliberately incinerated. Even if it does reach landfill its inert nature means that it will not give off harmful greenhouse gases like methane – nor will it have any detrimental effect on marine life if it is discarded on our coasts or at sea.
Beatson Clark recycle locally collected glass through its on-site recycling plant, thereby tightening the recycling loop and reducing carbon emissions.
Beatson Clark uses an average of 50% cullet (recycled glass) to make its Amber glass containers and 30% for White Flint. The content includes recovered bottled and jars for recycling in the UK, imported recycled glass and calumite. A recycled material itself, calumite is used to aid refining, enabling the glass to be melted at a lower temperature and replace some virgin raw materials.
In addition, Beatson Clark also recycles internally generated glass waste products in the mix to make new glass bottles and jars.
Glass is made using 3 plentiful, locally sourced, natural elements: sand, soda ash and limestone.
Glass has never featured in the discussion on “excess packaging” although it does have the potential to reduce its weight further. This combined with an increasing recycling rate will have a significant beneficial effect on energy and CO2 reduction. Beatson Clark constantly looks at opportunities to lightweight its designs, and has several lightweight products within its general sale range.