Being one of the world’s leading recycling, service and water companies, REMONDIS has around 1,000 business locations across the globe. These can be found in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
REMONDIS’ business activities in Germany are managed and carried out by its six regional companies. REMONDIS also has a whole variety of specialist companies, many of which are based here in Germany as well.
Glass has a great potential for recycling as it can be processed with practically no loss in quality. A precondition for successful glass recycling is that the material is separated according to type – also and in particular according to colour. Which is why bottle banks in Germany are divided up into clear glass, brown glass and green glass. If old glass is separated correctly according to colour and is free of contaminants then almost all of it can be recycled. A mere three to seven percent of old glass generated in Germany cannot be recycled because of its size, level of contamination or structure.
Some old glass packaging is melted down and made into new bottles. This is known as bottle-to-bottle recycling
Recycled glass that has been cleaned and cut up into 15mm pieces is the most important raw material used to make glass bottles. Large volumes of this material are used in production processes across Germany. Depending on the type of glass, the proportion of recycled raw material used to make new bottles lies between 60% and 90%. It is also well worth doing this to cut energy consumption. Producing glass from recycled raw materials requires less time and lower temperatures. Besides today’s modern technologies, it is mainly thanks to glass recycling that 77% less energy is required to produce glass compared to the 1970s.
Glass recycling in Germany: a few facts & figures
Recycling glass not only saves energy and cuts carbon emissions. It also conserves natural raw materials such as quartz sand, sodium carbonate and limestone.