Recycling glass affordably

Continuing with our last post about recycling glass. The benefits of recycling are numerous, the most important being that you are helping the environment. Glass is 100% recyclable, meaning you can use and re-use it to infinity without it losing quality, purity or clarity.

What is a glass crusher?

The clue is definitely in the title with this one. No elaboration is required as this machine does exactly what it says, crushes glass so as to recycle it. The crushed glass is then collected and then sent to a recycling plant.

So far, 100 restaurants and pubs in and around the UK have given this system a trial run. Positive feedback has led it to be incorporated in a number of them most notable being Mitchell’s and Butlers. And you know for short-term cash requirement, if you are really serious about doing something for environment, can be resolved by companies like


Benefits of using the glass crush and recycle system.

The most often heard reason given by a number of establishments as to why they do not currently recycle is lack of space to store the used bottles before they are taken to the recycling plant. This is especially a problem during peak times. Optimal utilization of available space is key in the targeted market and empty bottles lying around are not only an eyesore but also present a safety hazard.

The glass crusher and collector aims at removing this obstacle. It is designed as a behind the bar in-house compactor. It reduces the size of the bottles to 80% minimising the amount of space used. As an added incentive, you will also be provided with collection services. This removes the hassle of having to figure out where to dispose of your crushed glass.

Recycling your glass could help you qualify for environment protection awards while at the same time helping you meet your CSR objectives. Another added benefit of this machine is that there is no need to sort the bottles by color and no cleaning is necessary. Just place the empty bottles in the machine. Labels, caps, straws and all can be put in the machine. This provides an extra safety feature for your customers and workers. So Not only is this an environmentally friendly solution but it makes recycling quick and easy.

What is the cost Implication?

It is also a cost-effective way to recycle your glass bottles. You will be charged a maintenance and rental fee for the crushing machine. As mentioned earlier, there is a collection service offered. This is for the clients convenience and also reduces your fuel expenses by eliminating the need for you to go to the recycling plant. It is also a way to make sure that bottles are actually recycled and not just thrown away. Knowing that someone will be coming by to pick up your trash provides peace of mind to the client.


Recycling a Beautiful, Rewarding Material – Glass

I’m big into recycling now. One of the recycled products which fascinates me is glass. Not only do you see glass objects every day, you see in lying around in shattered pieces, shimmering in lots of different shades as they catch the sun. I can’t stop thinking about what a rewarding material glass is and the dozens of ways it can be used. Because it is made from domestic materials such as soda ash, limestone, and sand, glass is 100% recyclable. In fact it can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality.


I also discovered that recycled glass containers are always needed and available because glass manufacturers actually require high-quality recycled container glass so as to meet market demands for new glass containers.

I’ve also discovered that colour sorting is important too and that separating recycled container glass by colour ensures that new bottles match the colour standards required by glass container customers. We all live on planet Earth.

For me, anyone who cares about its future should be doing recycling. Certainly manufacturers benefit from recycling and we are helping them. Reduced emissions and consumption of raw materials is enough for me to know that if we all play a part, we really can extend the life of our beautiful planet.

The Business of Recycling

Recycling Business

The Eco-friendly business is the recycling business. It is a business which requires knowledge, skill and perseverance. It is not about selling junk. Rather it is a business of knowing how to make profit, and also requires risk taking abilities and creativity. Here are a few practical tips if you want to start your own recycling business.

  • Research and find out which type of recycling suits you – Recycling paper is labour intensive work. The same goes for computers. If starting the best way is to start as recycling household items for re-use and later take a plunge in paper and computers.
  • Survey the area you want to target – Always survey the area in which you will be recycling. Choose an article which is not being recycled. You can go for metal and scrap recycling as it is mostly not organised as recycling.
  • Chalk out a business plan – It is always recommended to make an outline of investment, revenue and cost. This is called a business plan. The plan should have a model for achieving break even.
  • Register – Before starting off, register with the local authority as a recycler. You will get many benefits and it will be easy to do business.
  • Have enough finance – This business does not require huge capital for starting. However plan your living expenses.
  • Find sellers and buyers – Just go searching for people and areas of getting the material to recycle. Find out target areas which require your service and also people who will buy the materials you will collect.



Recycling household products

UK is a country that makes it incredibly easy for you to recycle products, especially if you do put your mind to it. Almost all the household products (perishable items, packaging, etc) that I have bought have recycling instructions written on them. These instructions tell you whether any part of the item that you are holding in your hands can be recycled. It is extremely informative, especially for people who are new to the recycling game.

UK recycling labels

I was rather surprised by the fact that there were so many recycling units around my house. The garbage cans are for the trash, but there are recycling units available for different types of products, which is rather ingenious. After all, if you want to encourage people into recycling, you have to make sure that it is easy for them to do so. The best way of doing that is by providing recycling bins near houses- so that people would not have to go far. Secondly, you have to provide them the information they require. On both these counts, UK certainly does a wonderful job.

I have been trying to recycle all the household products on the basis of the instructions given on the label and it has been working like a miracle so far- I can’t say I have a complain about any of it!


The journey continues…

Well trying to settle back into my home country is not as easy as I thought it would be, I was born here, raised and educated here, worked here for 20 years  only been away 10 years so why is it so hard? I have had the benefit of technology and internet, so that has kept me in touch with family, friends, the county and the ongoing living situation… or so I thought. I have realized there is much I need to relearn and address, my values and expectations being part of that. No one said life’s journeys would be easy did they?? If they did I should not have listened!!

The cost of living here has taken me aback, whilst on an intellectual level I knew it was more expensive on a practical level it has made serious inroads into my monthly monies. I have had to rethink all my budget and economy. Thankfully there are plenty of professional folk to help with this and a plethora of websites and blogs where you can learn from the experiences of others. Once thing I miss is my free heating system – solar energy. Took it pretty much for granted where I have been living, only had to use electric for a few days in winter. Solar energy is cheap, well free outside the purchase of the panels and their upkeep, clean and accessible but could I use it in the UK? This month has been about finding out what is feasible. First things first, what are solar panels:  Solar panels are photovoltaic (PV) cells. In a nutshell, these special batteries harness sunlight, transform it into energy, and then send that energy to an inverter, which converts it into electricity to power the home. As with anything I want to research these days a simple question of “how much are solar panels to buy install and how much could I potentially save,”  has led to hours on the internet scouring energy efficient systems to the point my head is starting to swivel round. I think I need to reassess what it is I am trying to do and take slow steps in getting there. Think I am trying to rush and not really au fait with all the government schemes so getting in a muddle. Plan of action for next couple of weeks: Identify energy efficient schemes; find someone to talk to more knowledgeable than I; identify what is realistic for me to plan for in the next couple of months…Watch this space, any advice or nudges in the right direction always welcome…

Solar panels can be used in the UK even with the smaller home
Solar panels