An average 8-10% of household waste is recycleable glass. The amount of energy needed to make glass bottle is 50% less if the source material is from recycled containers rather than raw material . Every 1000 kg of recycled glass saves 600 kg of sand & almost 200 kg of soda ash & limestone . Glass is 100% recycleable with no loss in quality however many times this is done.
Plastic PET bottles
Around 85% of PET bottles are landfilled, 8% is incinerated & only 7% is recycled. You can save 7.75 kWh worth of electricity by recycling 1 kilogram of plastic bottles . Each PET bottle that is recycled prevents about 450 grams of carbon emissions. All plastic drink bottles & similar plastic containers for liquids like shampoo, washing up liquid & mouthwash can be recycled.
The sustainable world average for carbon emissions is 2.5 tonnes/person/year. In the UK we currently use [bp ]
Recycling waste creates more jobs (over 400 for each million tonne of waste produced, compared to 100 - 290 for incineration & 40 - 60 for landfill)
References & other useful links:
Why recycling is important in terms of climate change:
[ ] http://www.britglass.org.uk/LocalAuthori
[ ] http://www.recyclenowpartners.org.uk/res
[ bp] http://www.greenchoices.org/footprint_ca
The green choices website provides as useful resource on recycling many household items from batteries to paints: http://www.greenchoices.org/recycling.ht
Miscellaneous useful links
CRed UK (Carbon Reduction): http://www.cred-uk.org/
New Arsenal Stadium Recycle Pick