We explain why broken glasses do not go to separate glass collection

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We explain how to recycle broken glasses correctly and what we can throw in the glass container or not

Judging glass only by transparency is not enough. We explain how to recycle this material correctly and what we can throw or not in the glass container.

Did you know that only packaging should be collected when collecting glass? No mirrors, light bulbs, crystal and not even glasses. To ensure the whole process, it is necessary that the recycling is done correctly paying attention to what we can and cannot throw in the glass bin.

Is this glass? So where do I throw it? With or without plastic? When it comes to recycling, there is no shortage of doubts and, despite our good intentions, we may inadvertently make mistakes. To prevent this from happening, thanks to the development of technology, we now have strategic allies such as Junker on our side, an application that we can use for free to have an immediate answer to all doubts and requests regarding recycling. Let's do some clarity with their help!


What's wrong with the glass

One of the most common mistakes when we talk about recycling is to throw the broken glasses in the glass container. The glass, in addition to not being a packaging, may contain traces of lead that make it impossible to recycle the glass. Their presence in the glass also jeopardizes the recycling of other correctly collected material, which would eventually be lost. In short, an obstacle for the circular economy that we can easily avoid. 

To avoid that the glass is disposed of in landfills instead of recycled, because in contact with improper material, it will be sufficient to pay more attention on our part. Not only glasses, even ceramic, pyrex, mirrors, crystal and light bulbs do not go into the glass, and the same goes for the plastic bags used by many to collect the broken pieces.

So where do they go?

  • Ceramic, pyrex, crystal, glasses: if they are small quantities they can be thrown into the undifferentiated, while for larger quantities it is good to go to the municipal ecocentre.
  • Mirrors: they are not recyclable and must be disposed of as bulky waste.
  • bulbs: apart from incandescent and halogen lamps that go into the undifferentiated, all other lamps, such as LEDs, energy-saving or neon, are instead part of the separate collection of WEEE and must be sent to the eco-center or to the appropriate containers positioned in shopping malls.

Remember not to put the plastic bags in the glass collector.

What YES goes into the glass

Now that we know what's wrong with glass, it's easier to figure out what is. As we said at the beginning of the article, all packaging must be given here, therefore:

  • Glass bottles: of wine, beer, juices, spirits, bottles of any size or color.
  • Jars and jars: jam, sauces, sauces and even those of foods in oil or vinegar.
  • Perfume bottles
  • Glass roll-on deodorants

Before inserting the glass packaging in the respective bin, remember to always empty them, it is not necessary to wash them, just remove the bulk and unscrew the metal caps. Don't worry about separating the labels: it will be done mechanically in the plants.

With Junker, recycling is a game!

Separate collection can sometimes seem complicated, so to avoid problems, you must always inquire about the rules relating to the collection and disposal of your municipality (they are not the same for everyone). To do this, we can use Junker which provides updated information taken directly from the municipalities and helps you to do the household sorting in a simple, fast and above all error-free way.

With this app you can easily solve all the problems with the differentiated. To know how to dispose of a product, just scan the barcode, and Junker will identify it in its database of over one and a half million products. What if he doesn't recognize him? do not panic: it will be enough to photograph it to have in a few minutes all the info on which bin should be used based on the area in which you are, and even indicating the materials that compose it.

Apps like Junker play a strategic role for the correct treatment of waste because they connect new technologies and local services with the active participation of citizens, all in favor of sustainability towards a circular economy.

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