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Recycling Glass Bottles and Jars

From glass vegetable jars to soda and beer bottles—glass is a remarkably adaptable material. And recycled glass offers exciting benefits to both consumers and the manufacturing industry. Concerned consumers as well as glass manufacturers are using more and more recycled glass to improve sustainability and lower costs.

It’s no surprise that glass recycling through curbside and drop-off programs has increased considerably in recent years. And this is good news because each time glass is recycled, its benefits multiply.

For more than 50 years, Novak Sanitary Service has been pleased to offer solutions for residential collection and recycling needs.  Serving the greater Sioux Falls, SD area, we believe that the more you know about glass and jar recycling, the more likely you will be to participate.

According to the Glass Packaging Institute

Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity - something few food and beverage packaging options can claim.

That's good news for everyone!  And more good news, Novak Sanitary offers the Recyclebank Program that rewards customers for recycling.

 What is Single-Stream Recycling?

According to the Container Recycling Institute, Single-Stream Recycling is defined as a system in which specific recyclables, like newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles and tubs, aluminium cans, and metal cans,  etc., are placed in a single cart for recycling. These recyclables are collected by a single truck to be sorted later.  With Single-Stream Recycling:

  • It's easier to participate in a curbside recycling program.
  • Recycling rates increase.
  • You're not part of the problem; you're part of the solution!

Still not convinced?  Did you know …

  • Over a ton of natural resources are saved for every ton of glass recycled.
  • Energy costs drop about 2-3% for every 10% cullet (furnace-ready recycled glass) used in the manufacturing process.
  • Recycling 1,000 tons of glass creates slightly over 8 jobs. (Source: 2011 Container Recycling Institute)
  • Secondary uses for recycled container glass can include tile, filtration, sand blasting, concrete pavements and parking lots. 

Facts provided by the Glass Packaging Institute

 Whether you’re a full-time customer or a one-time bulk customer-- Novak Sanitary Service strives to provide the best service possible. Discover how our customer-first attitude can work for you.  For more information on what residential customers can place in the Novak Recycling Carts, please visit //