A new life for glass packaging
Glass can be recycled indefinitely to make new packaging without compromising on quality or purity.
Glass packaging waste from Rinki eco take-back points is transported to one of 38 terminals in Finland. From the terminals, glass waste is delivered to glass processing plants in Forssa, Finland and Järvakandi, Estonia. Deliveries abroad are transported by sea in large batches. Glass packaging waste is processed in the processing plants. Impurities are sorted out, glass waste is cleaned and sorted by color. After processing, it becomes raw material for glass packaging factories where new glass bottles and jars are manufactured from the material.
All glass waste is recycled. Using recycled glass as a raw material for new packaging is eco-friendly and reduces the need to use virgin raw materials. Glass packaging is no longer manufactured in Finland.
Careful sorting of glass packaging according to Rinki’s instructions is important. Only glass bottles and jars should be taken to the glass containers. They are suitable for recycling whereas items such as drinking glasses, oven pans, crystal and porcelain are not suitable for recycling. These materials have qualities that make recycling impossible or very difficult.
Glass packaging waste is turned into:
- mostly new glass packaging, i.e. glass bottles and jars.
- part of the glass packaging waste is also turned into construction products, such as foam glass.
Learn more about recycling glass packaging: Suomen Keräyslasiyhdistys ry