Take a glass half-full
approach to recycling.

It takes a million years for glass to break down in a landfill. But it doesn’t take a million years to implement a glass recycling solution with Rubicon by your side. We’ll help you gather every bottle and jar in a way that’s cost-efficient and easy to implement. With Rubicon, it’s easy to make sustainability and profitability synonymous for your business.

Frequently asked questions about glass recycling

Glass can be recycled endlessly without any loss in quality. Recycling just one glass bottle saves enough energy from the manufacturing process to keep a 100-watt bulb on for hours. Aside from being a good business practice, glass recycling is also often mandated by local governments to support sustainability initiatives. Whether your business is looking to implement a zero waste program or adhere to local recycling requirements, Rubicon can help you design a glass recycling program with greater cost efficiency.

Glass is heavy. Because costs in waste and recycling management are often measured by weight, there’s an idea that glass recycling costs more money than it’s worth. However, Rubicon’s hauler bidding process ensures you’ll always find the best price to transport your glass recycling.

Many haulers won’t accept certain types of glass like windshields, broken glass, Pyrex, and windows. It’s not that these can’t be recycled, but that they have different melting points and need to be specially processed so as to not damage equipment. Light bulbs, mirrors, and laboratory glasses are considered serious contaminants that can cause an entire batch of recyclables to be rejected. Haulers are mostly looking for bottles and jars often found at restaurants, hotels, and bars. Rubicon helps sort this problem with our nationwide network of haulers. We’ll help you find a place for whatever’s in your bin.

It depends. In some cities, it’s required to sort your glass by color, and for many haulers sorting is a big deal. Manufacturers want their bottles to match the color standards required by consumers. If you live somewhere without recycling requirements, there are options for single-bin glass recycling. Rubicon will work with you to create a simple glass recycling program and find the right bins to help you get started. We’ll maximize the value of your glass and help you recycle with ease.

with Rubicon

  • Identify waste stream opportunities

    We’ll roll up our sleeves and look at how much glass could be diverted and used for recycling.

  • Sort it out

    We’ll devise a glass recycling program that fits your business need and meets local market requirements—whether you need to sort by type, color, or not at all.

  • Optimize your waste service

    Maximize the impact of your glass recycling by scheduling pickups on-demand, resulting in better costs and a reduction in transportation emissions.

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