2. Recycle Glass Bottles and Jars
Recycling glass saves both landfill space and energy. To make glass, sand, soda and lime are mixed and melted together at 2,000° F. Those ingredients have to be really hot to melt, and heating them up uses a lot of energy. Mixing old crushed glass into the ingredients for making new glass lowers the melting temperature to 1,600° F, so it takes less energy. In fact, the energy saved by recycling one glass bottle will light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Manufacturing new glass from old glass also makes less air and water pollution than manufacturing new glass from raw materials.
You can recycle any clear, brown, or green glass container that came from the store with something to eat or drink in it. Call your local solid waste district to find out where you can recycle glass in your community. CAUTION: Do not mix any other types of glass, like window glass or drinking glasses, in with your food jars and drink bottles. They are made from a different type of glass and will mess up the recycling process.