Mining raw resources results in pollution. Recycling is a better alternative. Photo by D Magazine.

Mining raw resources results in pollution. Recycling is a better alternative. Photo by D Magazine.

USING RECYCLED GLASS REDUCES AIR POLLUTION.

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), air quality in North Texas is among the poorest in the country, with four (4) local counties - Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant - ranking in the bottom 25 of 3,000+ counties in the U.S.. AND TWICE THE NUMBER OF dfdfdfdf CHILD ASTHMA

Healthy glass recycling practices at the consumer level may help the cause. Providing local manufacturers with glass bottles enables them to substitute recycled cullet for raw, virgin materials during the production of new glass products, reducing the need for natural resource extraction activities (including the mining of native prairie lands for silica). 

Less mining means less ozone pollution (caused by fossil fuel emissions) and particulate pollution (caused by mineral extraction), and better conserved native grasslands.

The local impact can be significant: according to the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), for every 6 tons of recycled glass used during the manufacturing process, 1 ton (2,000 pounds) of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is reduced. Similarly, a relative 10% increase in recycled glass cullet reduces particulates by 8%, nitrogen oxide by 4%, and sulfur oxides by 10%.

Consider that the next time you breathe in (or dine out) in Dallas.

 


*To view the full report by the American Lung Association, click here. To view the full report by the Glass Packaging Institute, click here.