Why white and colored glass bottles cannot be recycled together, or the same way?

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Why white and colored glass bottles cannot be recycled together, or the same way?

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Anonymous 0 Comments

They can. However, if you mix colored glass and transparent glass, you get… colored glass.

They’re separated so that the transparent glass can be re-used to make more transparent glass.

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If you have a glass of water with coloring and a glass of water without and your goal is to transfer it into two new cups one with and one without color, how could you achieve this by mixing the original glasses of water?

Colored glass makes more colored glass. Adding clear glass doesn’t mean you can remove the color.

Anonymous 0 Comments

They can. However, if you mix colored glass and transparent glass, you get… colored glass.

They’re separated so that the transparent glass can be re-used to make more transparent glass.

Anonymous 0 Comments

If you have a glass of water with coloring and a glass of water without and your goal is to transfer it into two new cups one with and one without color, how could you achieve this by mixing the original glasses of water?

Colored glass makes more colored glass. Adding clear glass doesn’t mean you can remove the color.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The resulting glass would be tinted green. For some products this doesn’t matter but a lot of brands want all their products to look exactly the same. Separating colors of glass makes clear recycled glass possible. Recycled materials are in competition with non-recycled ones so the more usable and convenient for the manufacturer the better. Recycling every discarded bottle on earth would be a waste of time if the resulting glass wasn’t usable by industry because it would still end up in a landfill.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The resulting glass would be tinted green. For some products this doesn’t matter but a lot of brands want all their products to look exactly the same. Separating colors of glass makes clear recycled glass possible. Recycled materials are in competition with non-recycled ones so the more usable and convenient for the manufacturer the better. Recycling every discarded bottle on earth would be a waste of time if the resulting glass wasn’t usable by industry because it would still end up in a landfill.