In recent years, the relevant state departments have discussed the service life of beer bottles and the quality inspection rules of recyclable bottles. The new standard no longer stipulates the service life of recycled bottles but stipulates that the quality indicators of recycled bottles can be repeated when they meet the corresponding requirements.
This tug-of-war for the revision of the national standard for wine bottles, which has lasted for nearly 20 years, has once again led the public to an environmental issue worthy of attention: what is the current status of glass bottle recycling? How do the rest of the world recycle glass bottles?
With the improvement of people's living and consumption capacity, the proportion of glass products in waste is increasing day by day. The headache of waste glass recycling is that it is difficult to decompose and treat by incineration and other methods. How to reuse it has become a key issue to protect the ecological environment.
According to data released by the European Commission in 2012, the energy consumed to process raw materials into the glass is 2.671 GJ/ton, while the melting of cullet into glass products requires only 1.886 GJ/ton. In this way, every ton of broken glass processed into glass products can reduce 315 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions compared with the production of glass from raw materials, and the emission reduction effect is considerable.
Surprisingly, the natural material composition of the glass determines that the quality of glass that is melted and remanufactured after repeated recycling will not decline, which fully meets the quality requirements of major glass manufacturers for raw materials.
Even if the glass is no longer made after recycling, the crushed glass is mixed with other materials to be processed into concrete to pave roads. It is also a hot application in recent years. These breaking traditional applications will significantly reduce the impact of waste glass on landfills. occupied.
Glass bottle manufacturing is an energy-intensive industry, so recycling and recycling is in line with the concept of green development.
Amid the popularity of plastic food containers, glass containers are still standing tall. Over the years, well-established recycling routes have been established for glass containers. After being mass-produced and consumed, cola glass bottles and beer bottles are recycled in large quantities.
According to statistics, to produce one ton of glass, it needs to consume about 1.1 tons of various non-renewable raw materials, plus about 140 liters of fuel or other energy in the same proportion. From the perspective of energy and environmental protection, recycling and reusing food glass containers is the most meaningful way.
Recycling glass bottles can save a lot of resources and energy, and a large number of discarded glass bottles are transported to landfills, which also occupies a lot of land resources. It is indeed the most worthy of advocacy and promotion for enterprises to independently recycle glass bottles and recycle.
According to information provided by a North American glass container trade organization, the average recycling rate of glass containers in countries that implement a deposit system for glass containers exceeds 63%, while the country that does not implement it is only 24%.
As of 2018, the British "Guardian" disclosed that about 38 countries have implemented a deposit system. In actual implementation, the glass bottle recycling deposit system in these countries is established sooner or later, and there are differences in technical guarantee, recycling, and other details.
It took a long time for glass bottle recycling to finally take off in Canada, which is a vast and sparsely populated area. This work was initiated first in the Yukon (1992), then the Northwest Frontier (2005), Ontario (2007), and Alberta (2009). In the process, glass containers are better managed and utilized along with other recyclable waste.
According to statistics from the California government recycling website, in 2016, 3.22 billion glass bottles and cans were sold, and 2.31 billion were recycled, with a recycling rate of 72%.
In 2015, the EPA reported that 41.9% of beer and soft drink bottles were recycled, 27.5% of alcohol bottles, and 15.1% of other food bottles and cans.
In Hong Kong, China, glass containers are generally referred to as glass bottles. In 2010, the Environmental Protection Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China and the Hong Kong Housing Authority began to implement a glass bottle recycling program in housing estates (similar to residential communities).
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