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How Glass is Recycled

How Glass is RecycledGlass is one of the few materials that is 100% recyclable and can be recycled again and again. A glass bottle takes 1 million years to naturally decompose, so please recycle! Currently, only 28% of glass in the United States is being recycled.

Here is the story of how glass is recycled.

 1. Glass is sorted


Glass bottles are separated by color because there are different chemicals for each color.

 2. The glass is crushed

Next, glass is crushed into tiny pieces called “glass cullet.”

 3. Contaminants are removed

The glass cullet goes through rigorous contaminant removal such as removing metal bottle caps.

 4. Glass cullet is decolorized

Color is removed and refreshed.

 5. Glass cullet is molded into new products

The glass is made into new products! These include:






 Where Can You Recycle Glass?

Not sure where you can recycle your glass? Hopefully you have curbside recycling, but if you’re among the 50% of Americans who don’t, then use this awesome tool to find out where you can recycle your glass.

 Glass Recycling Facts

  • Americans generate 11.5 million tons of glass yearly.

  • On average, only 28 percent of the glass is recovered for recycling.

  • Glass recycling increased from 750,000 tons in 1980 to more than three million tons in 2011.

  • Food, soft drink, beer, food, wine, and liquor containers represent the largest sources of glass generated and recycled.

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I just spoke with Dave V. by phone, but wanted to be sure that my appreciation did not go unnoticed. Jeff and Mark of your residential division just left my home after spending two days replacing several storm damaged windows.  I am calling and writing to express my deep appreciation for their professionalism, expertise and spirit.  They are both an asset to your company.  With a positive experience like the one I have experienced, you can bet that if there is additional work that I need done, Omni will be my first call.   ~ Thom N. Oshkosh, WI

“Mark and Brandon are going great guns here. Thanks for sending these gentlemen to do our installation. I have a GREAT deal of confidence in them and fully expect the entire job to go as well as it has to this point.”-Jim

“Your residential installer was wonderful and did an amazing job.”-Kyle, Green Lake

“Both Steve Bridwell & Mark Willems did a great job of helping me with my patio door after my home invasion.”-Kathy, Oshkosh

I wanted you to know that Mark Willems our installer did a FANTASTIC job. He is very professional, knowledgeable and personable. He represents your company well. P.S. We have made several referrals based on our experience! -Mike & Mary Kay, Winneconne

My recent experience with Omni Glass & Paint was fantastic. I had been waiting 3 months for a part for our front door from another glass company in Oshkosh. I reached out to Omni Glass & Paint; they came to look at the door, found the part and installed the part in less than a day. The door works perfect now. I was so impressed with Omni’s work and would highly recommend them to anyone. – Matt Bakalars, Fox Valley Savings Bank

Mark and Jeff installed windows in our home in Oshkosh.  We were extremely happy with their work but more than that, they went above and beyond to install those windows and were extremely friendly and informative along the way.  They even found an issue with rotten wood that the workers who installed our siding just covered up…so we are very grateful. Because of their services we would highly recommend Omni Glass to everyone.  And the windows are outstanding too!   ~ Roxanne D. – Oshkosh, WI

I just called to compliment the man who installed my new shower door.  Jeff was very pleasant, he did an AWESOME job, everything is perfect, and he left the place neater than when he arrived!  Everything lines up, everything fits, nothing leaks! I am so happy with the job he did!   ~ Nancy, Oshkosh, WI

I just wanted to congratulate the great crew we had working at my home, they were fantastic.  I am very, very pleased with their knowledge and abilities, they were the most impressive group of people I have ever worked with. Mark was especially helpful, he was absolutely wonderful to work with. Thanks again!   ~ Rick, P

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