Returning Glass Bottles - For a Sustainable Future
TerraGreen|July 2021
Today, glass is one of the primary domestic and business waste streams in the country. For the same, Carlsberg India has initiated conversation on the grave danger glass poses to the environment. By returning a glass bottle, one can do their bit in reducing carbon footprint, saving energy and even creating job opportunities. Returning a glass bottle is different than reusing one, as reusing does not solve the purpose. Returning a glass bottle after consumption ensures proper handling and reduces single-use glass substance.

India is overburdened by the daily disposal of untreated waste, leading to limited space in landfills. Around 31 million tonnes,1 which is more than 70 per cent of India’s annual collected garbage, remains untreated, making it a concerning statistic. Today, glass is one of the primary domestic and business waste streams in the country.

Glass is an inert material made from natural materials. If glass is not recycled, it can sit idle for years, taking up a lot of space in the landfills. However, glass can be both recycled and reused repeatedly and re-using it is one of the many ways we can help reduce pollution and minimize waste. That is not all, as reckless dumping of broken glass pieces along with trash, not only poses a threat on sanitation workers but also reduces the chances of reusing the material.

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