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What *REALLY* happens to 'Recycled' Glass?! - (you might be surprised)

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  1. Tilted Customs

    Tilted Customs

    5 ай бұрын

    Is it just me, or does he DEFINITELY need to do more how it's made videos?

    • NeverStopLearning

      NeverStopLearning

      Күн бұрын

      Yes!

    • Tianen Chen

      Tianen Chen

      9 күн бұрын

      We did that in Guangzhou, Guangdong in early 2000s.

    • Evil Simeon

      Evil Simeon

      11 күн бұрын

      That would make more sense. This video could have been 5 min if he would have just gotten to the point instead of showing tumblers and trash separation, all of which have nothing to do with the title statement.

    • Patrick Ballou

      Patrick Ballou

      23 күн бұрын

      @JerryRigEverything you should tour more manufacturing plants. I just started an internship at a Corning optical fiber plant and I never realized how cool and complex it is

    • deonh100

      deonh100

      Ай бұрын

      @DonQuixotePR I'm a part of "older folks" but I'm perfectly fine with this medium. Granted, I've spent my working life in IT 🙂

  2. Robert W

    Robert W

    2 ай бұрын

    What surprised me the most is that he wasn't wearing a face mask around all that glass dust! I hope he can still jog a mile in 2 years.

  3. Fool on the Hill

    Fool on the Hill

    Ай бұрын

    I am 71 years old. I was raised on a farm. As a child, we took Coke bottles to the grocery store for a deposit. We kept and reused glass jars. There were no plastic containers or grocery bags. We didn't have a whole lot of glass jars, because we had a house garden and put up all the vegetables we needed each fall. Things have changed. 🤔

    • Buggzythebunny

      Buggzythebunny

      6 күн бұрын

      Damn your 71 so what was it like back then was there acually segregation or no

    • Ben

      Ben

      7 күн бұрын

      I'm 107 years old. I remember when glass didn't exist, and coke bottles were made of solid walnut wood. we recycled them by using them as firewood or to build houses

    • Bud Sak

      Bud Sak

      29 күн бұрын

      @Jake right to repair

    • Jake

      Jake

      29 күн бұрын

      @Bud Sak what??

    • deonh100

      deonh100

      Ай бұрын

      @nickademuss42 "drinks tasted better out of glass" They actually did.

  4. James Looker

    James Looker

    11 күн бұрын

    Glass production is uniquely suited to using wind energy. They don't need to heat the glass 24 hours a day, and they can handle variations in input power. The thermal mass of the glass acts as a battery.

  5. Will Wade

    Will Wade

    2 ай бұрын

    When I was young (50 plus years ago) we collected glass and sold it to the glass factory in town. We were paid by the pound with mixed glass being the cheapest but if you separated the glass by color you got more depending on the color with depression glass being the highest if it was pure depression glass. I paid for boy scout camp doing this.

    • Fred Flint stone

      Fred Flint stone

      15 күн бұрын

      Reuse a hundred times before you recycle them you be wealthy ha ha

    • Will Wade

      Will Wade

      20 күн бұрын

      @Shoraz Himel Depression glass is a dark blue glass that was made back in the great depression that had a slight amount of uranium in it which made it glow under certain light but not enough to harm you. It is highly prized by some glass producers and glass blowers due to that fact.

    • Shoraz Himel

      Shoraz Himel

      21 күн бұрын

      What's depression glass?

    • Craig Ross

      Craig Ross

      Ай бұрын

      The Coca-Cola plant had a gate that you could crawl under. They put their 32 oz glass bottles tantalisingly close to the h o l e. Everybody that stole the bottles went to jail. Like they got lured in

  6. Steval204

    Steval204

    4 ай бұрын

    My family ran a garbage/recycling business for 35 years. Glass is infinitely recycleable, yet brings the least amount of money to the recycler. I’d take crushed glass to our buyer at roughly 40,000 lbs a clip. What they paid us, and what it actually cost us to transport was a vastly different figure. We only handled glass out of moral pronciples, to be frankly honest. Starting in 2010, we no longer accepted glass of any kind, as it was piling up our facility, because it was worthless and cost quite a bit of money to deal with, as we were a privately owned enterprise, we had no government help with any of our programs. We closed for good in 2019, and the main loss of income for us was single stream recycling. Unless you are a government run facility, single stream recycling more often than not, ends up in the landfill. Ask me how I know. You should mention the extreme cost in overhead to run a facility like this everyday. Consider how much raw material you’d need to bring in to justify running the equipment, paying employees, insurance, registration, workman’s comp, etc. Recycling only works when you have subsidized help from the government. I like to think we did our best for well over 30 years at helping the planet live a little longer by recycling, but as the generations come and go, people are lazier and looking for the easiest most convienent way to dump their problems on someone else. Single stream recycling is killing the planet and filling landfills. Edit: Whoa! Thanks for the likes! I ask everyone to be more conscientious when recycling. Separate your recycleable material and take it to a proper facility if you can! We must do our part, we’ve already scarred the earth enough.

    • An American Patriot

      An American Patriot

      5 күн бұрын

      I found it interesting back in the late 90s when I found out recycling was a farce. It was explained to me that so much paper came into the facilities that it was just tossed into land fills. They mentioned that the other materials were run the same way.

    • Scott P

      Scott P

      Ай бұрын

      @Reagan Harder corporate greed is what is killing the planet

    • Jim is the man

      Jim is the man

      Ай бұрын

      The solution to this cost problem is to charge those selling "anything" a fee based on the complete cost of life-cycle managing those materials. The fees pay for recycling. The more recycleable the product and packaging, and the lower the amount of it, the lower the fees. Instead, companies push the cost of the material onto the consumer and the problem onto the environment.

    • Damien James

      Damien James

      Ай бұрын

      Yes its good to know especially for schools Such a pity glass is not washed and returned to company's...

    • Oneness

      Oneness

      Ай бұрын

      @William Sherman I usually save garbage bags by using those product wrap bags, such as large bags holding toilet paper,etc. after I started bokashi composting for kitchen craps, our family produce one bag of garbage of 13 gallon, so some week,we don’t have to get our garbage collected, while my neighbors trash bin’s always filled full.

  7. Glenn Jones

    Glenn Jones

    2 ай бұрын

    It is interesting to me to see how far glass recycling has come in the past forty years or so. Way back in the day we had to separate it by color before they would accept it. I worked several summers at a big glass factory back in the seventies. My union income for three months would pay for most of my out-of-state college tuition and room and board for the year. My dad worked in the industry for over forty years. It is a shame that plastics killed off most of that industry.

    • Tyler Simmons

      Tyler Simmons

      5 күн бұрын

      @Brian Emig Yes, many plastics are not recyclable and are shipped overseas, where they end up in landfills.

    • Brian Emig

      Brian Emig

      Ай бұрын

      The kicker is that plastics seem to not be handled as well and recycled as effectively as its predecessors glass and tin. Wish we'd go back or just learn how to do more with plastics within the U.S. I heard only a small percentage of plastics actually make it to recycling facilities.

  8. Johnathan Esper

    Johnathan Esper

    11 күн бұрын

    I am very distraught at the level of contamination in most recycling streams. I suspect alot of it just ends up being trashed because of high percentage of contamination. It's recycling's dirty little secret nobody likes to talk about. As i manage properties, it's quite sad to see how people don't care to properly seperate trash from recycling. can you do a video on this topic?

  9. Q A

    Q A

    9 күн бұрын

    So thankful to actually see how non glass (labels, plastic, bottle caps)are separated from glass. I wash all glass and separate the cap or lid prior to putting it in the recycle bin. It just made sense to me to do that. But i always wondered about labels. Thank you for the video!!

  10. Brigitte Lee

    Brigitte Lee

    2 ай бұрын

    I’ve heard many municipalities stopped collecting glass for recycling due to expense. This is encouraging though. Glad to see recycled glass is being put to good use. I’ll make sure to keep recycling it versus throwing it in the trash.

  11. Brian Cothran

    Brian Cothran

    5 ай бұрын

    So neat! I would love to see more tours like this. I had no idea that fiberglass insulation came from glass bottles, and they use renewable energy.

    • joao paulo magalhães chagas

      joao paulo magalhães chagas

      2 ай бұрын

      @R.K.L de

    • Ian Fullen

      Ian Fullen

      2 ай бұрын

      @Aaron Schooley I used to watch so much Discovery and Animal Planet as a kid.

    • Brian Cothran

      Brian Cothran

      2 ай бұрын

      @Wiz I know why it is called fiberglass. I didn’t realize that the glass came from recycled bottles.

  12. Anzhonny Castillo

    Anzhonny Castillo

    Ай бұрын

    I wonder if there are any reported health risks to doing this kind of work and potentially breathing in those particles, or is it mostly fine at this level? Seems like hard work. Thank you for taking us through this process.

    • Clay64A

      Clay64A

      Ай бұрын

      I would assume most if not all the workers wear p95 or p100 masks

    • Maria Felix

      Maria Felix

      Ай бұрын

      I kept wondering about that fine dust, and the potential health hazards!

  13. turboborg

    turboborg

    2 ай бұрын

    Great video love to see recycling at its finest. Glass is such a great material. How ever I do feel like it's use as insulation kind of makes it single use, as when people demolish houses they don't tend to recycle all that much except for materials of value like copper. Well specially here in Australia. Great video anyway. Hope the world creates more recyclable and sustainable ways for us to get by day to day.

  14. Paul Treviska

    Paul Treviska

    Ай бұрын

    The Optical sorter is amazing. As Tilted Customs says you have to do more of these. Could you do a Rock Wool version please and maybe a comparison of the final products. And I'm really curious how Uranium is mined ie the safety side of the radiation

    • ChefGiovanni

      ChefGiovanni

      Ай бұрын

      This is one product that Makes ...Mother Nature smile upon earth. RECYLE ... Reply below please ...

  15. Jim Caplinger

    Jim Caplinger

    2 ай бұрын

    Great video! I'm so pleased that more and more recycling opportunities are presenting themselves, and this is a great example. Now if we can just back away from the whole "don't fix it, replace it" mentality attached to electronics and appliances! It's shameful how much we manufacture that must be thrown away by design as opposed to making a simple repair with an inexpensive replacement part! I like to point to the example of the voltage regulator in an automobile... it used to be 4 bolts and 2 electrical connectors in an easily accessible place that you could replace for $5. It is now buried deep inside your $300+ Alternator that will cost you another hundo for someone who can find it to change!

  16. epSos.de

    epSos.de

    4 ай бұрын

    Household waste recycling in Europe is crazy good now, the large factories are so efficient that they look to find more trash than there is available in their area. Vision AI processing makes sorting possible at profitable scale.

    • Ronald van Kemenade

      Ronald van Kemenade

      3 ай бұрын

      @fladave99 Mills 25 dollar to dump, 147 to recycle. It´s either recycle, or dump AND create new... Do you perhaps know what new glass costs per tonne? That should be added to the dumping costs. Which brings us to the next question: Glass indeed is polluting to transport because of its mass. So what type of packaging would you prefer for beverages instead? Aluminum? Cartons? Reusable bottles (plastic or glass)? Thanks.

    • Ronald van Kemenade

      Ronald van Kemenade

      3 ай бұрын

      @Spying Dutchman But what´s the alternative? Landfills? Emissions and pollution are comparable, because landfills oxidize too. At least with a speedy oxidizing process (fire), you get free energy.. We can aim to make all consumer products biodegradable, as in 100 years ago, to reduce pollution. This may take more energy, but then again it becomes biomass instead of chemical waste.. What´s your sollution?

    • Andy Lord

      Andy Lord

      3 ай бұрын

      @Apathy Guy Oh, you've never seen pictures of dried food and intact newspapers from old landfills! Go look em up, super neat stuff! And you're right, there is some rot, obviously, but the overwhelming majority just sits there. We need to be extremely careful what we put in our landfills, but if managed wisely they're actually pretty marvelous.

    • Apathy Guy

      Apathy Guy

      3 ай бұрын

      @Rick Ross a quick Google search and you'll know exactly how the Ice Age ended.

  17. Chris Snyder

    Chris Snyder

    Ай бұрын

    Glad I watched this.. makes me feel good about taking the extra effort to recycle glass. I don't have so much, but they don't pick it up in bins anymore with plastic and metal (always thought broken glass would make a mess w/other recycleables) and I have to drive a few miles away, which is easy enough. I've used Pink Panther insulation too.

  18. Kate Allen

    Kate Allen

    2 ай бұрын

    Thankful for the people doing all of this recycling work! Glad technology makes this process easier, too! 💕💕💕

  19. Mini2nut

    Mini2nut

    5 күн бұрын

    The engineering and massive machinery to make the whole recycling process work is fascinating.

  20. Brenda White

    Brenda White

    2 ай бұрын

    This is great to know. Thanks, Jerry (great voice btw)!! My community does pick up for recycled goods, but I always removed the labels because I thought the sticky between the label and glass would disqualify it from being recycled. So this is very helpful information. Much gratitude for you and your team. ♥️👏🏻

  21. MoneySavingVideos

    MoneySavingVideos

    3 ай бұрын

    I remember when the milkman delivered milk in glass bottles and after drinking the milk we put the empties out for him to pick up on the next delivery. The empty bottles were then cleaned thoroughly before refilling for the next customer. A much more environmentaly process and much more efficient.

    • Bob Hart

      Bob Hart

      10 күн бұрын

      @Johan Wittens Odd isn't it? Reading your response It seems you know all the facts I do, yet come to different conclusions. One thing you didn't mention is the inherent danger of glass. A few years ago, I myself slipped on a wet floor while carrying a glass jar. The resulting gashes in my leg and hand required stitches to close. Have you included accidental injury from glass in your assessment? I think our differing views reflect differing personality types. I am an optimist and I believe that scientific progress can solve the problems with plastic. People like you would rather live in the past.

    • Johan Wittens

      Johan Wittens

      10 күн бұрын

      @Bob Hart You're using double standards for comparison between glass and plastic. First: Making a plastic bottle requires lots of energy too. You need to pump up the crude oil, transport it, refine it, turn it into plastic pellets, and only then can you take the plastic to a factory to be made into a bottle. Just counting the 'making the bottle' part is unfair. If you take into account the entire prodcution chain, i'm pretty sure simply washing and reusing a glass bottle is far less carbon intensive. Secondly: Yes recycling glass uses public funds. But so does plastic recycling. The difference is that recycling plastic doesn't actually do anything, since it's all transported to china and dumped there. Plastic recycling is a scheme and has never really worked. In fact it's now become so expensive even china doesn't want our plastic anymore and it's become economically unviable to recycle without government subsidies. On top of that comes that the vast majority of plastics simply cannot be recycled from the start. Only a tiny portion of the types of plastic we use are actually recycleable, and only then a couple of times before it degrades so much it's pretty much useless. Third: Plastic causes vast amounts of waste and clean up costs than aren't counted towards it's production costs. If plastic manufacturers actually had to PAY for the clean up of plastic in our environment and in the oceans, plastic would be unaffordable and economically unviable to produce. But the cost of plastic pollution is now completely shifted onto the consumers and society and thus government, so the actual cost of plastic can't really be counted and any comparison with glass is impossible. Glass on the other hand is fine in the environment and simply breaks down to sand, even if it takes a long time. And even then glass IS being recycled AND reused effectively, when plastic is not or barely at all. Four: this ties in to the cost of plastic pollution, but your argument about one truck being able to carry as much plastic bottles as two carrying glass is also completely non-sensical. A glas bottle that holds 1-2 litres is not much bigger than a plastic one. The difference in volume would be marginal and more like 10% more, not double. The big difference is weight. THAT is the reason why drinks companies prefer plastic to glass. It costs far less fuel to transport plastic compared to glass bottles. Yes this means glass is more carbon intensive to transport, but all it's other environmental benefits (no waste impact, low environmental cost, low clean up cost, recycleable, etc) far outweigh that extra carbon footprint. The only reason companies prefer plastic is because its cheaper to them to transport and thus increases profits. That's it. But the reason it' cheaper for them is because all the actual clean up costs of their products ore not bourne by those companies, but by society and government. And lastly: Your argument about plastic not being toxic is utter nonsense. Many plastics are KNOWN to bond to all sorts of chemical toxins in the marine environment. These pellets of plastic bonded with these toxins then are eaten by marine life, eventually ending up on your plate through the fish and meat you eat. It's now gotten so bad, we can now actually detect plastics and their toxins in our food chains. Microplasics and plastic fibres are now found in tea, salt, seaweed, milk, seafood, honey, sugar, beer, vegetables and soft drinks, and even bottled water. So no, plastic is far from non-toxic, and is finding its way into our bodies every day, and microplastics bonded to toxins are leaching into our food chains every day too. And yes there's hope in bacteria than are shown to have adapted to be eating plastic. It gives hope that we can at least clean up the mess we made. But it's not all fun and games, since these bacteria only eat PET and some other few select plastics, a tiny fraction of all the types of plastic we use. We might be able to engineer other bacteria to eat other plastics, but this is still some way off it seems. And on top of that comes the fact that as these bacteria die and eventually mineralise, they release carbon dioxide, adding to carbon emmissions. So these bacteria are just a slower way of "burning" PET. But even then this is idiotic to put your hopes in, as it's again just a way to push away responsibility of our waste to someone or in this case something else. Plus this kind of makes the whole point of plastic mute, since this means eventually all plastic will degrade like any other material, because it will be slowly be eaten by microbes, taking away one of the few advantages plastic had, making glass again better as a material since it doesn't get eaten. So yes while on the surface if you don't dig too deep, plastic bottles may seem better than glass bottles, the truth is glass is way more environmentally friendly than plastic in so many ways.

    • Pop RA

      Pop RA

      10 күн бұрын

      Yes, replace plastic with glass and metal but fir that first must reduce drastic the transportation cost...glass bottles due to the weight and protection buffers leeds to a 30-40% reduce of net quantity transported on one trip or at the same cost...

    • Lee Winslow

      Lee Winslow

      13 күн бұрын

      @Don T. Ripfüller You're showing your ignorance about food safely and dairy processing requirements

    • Rosario Martinez

      Rosario Martinez

      14 күн бұрын

      I live in Europe. We are slowly coming back to the “old habits”. Since last year, I go everyday (by bicycle) to a nearby farm with my glass bottles to buy milk… fresh, tasty, healthy and cheaper than at the supermarket! And no need to pay for a gym… !

  22. Montina Ladine

    Montina Ladine

    2 ай бұрын

    Wow, thanks, this video is a breath of fresh air in contrast to the multitudes of high stress videos being made these days, where it's so common to use annoying music and effects as well as ridiculous hard editing cuts for the voice-over and stressful video editing for the images as well. This one is very well spoken and relaxing, homely and very interesting. Great video filming of those hard to get conveyor shots.

    • Marie Westlind

      Marie Westlind

      7 күн бұрын

      I totally concur with everything you say. If the voice is too irritating, I just turn it off.

  23. Books Rebound

    Books Rebound

    17 күн бұрын

    The optical sorter is extremely fascinating to me. I'd love to see it in action

  24. Izik23

    Izik23

    2 ай бұрын

    I’m doing a line installation at a Owens-Illinois bottle making factory right now, very interesting to see different parts of the glass process!

  25. imso smart

    imso smart

    Ай бұрын

    I've been a stained glass artist for 30 years, and I've always sold my scrap glass on eBay and Etsy.. There are a lot of artists out there who either use it for Mosaic or melt it down. I have even fused plate class with spectacular results! I sell my scrap in 15 lb Lots which fills an entire USPS medium flat-rate priority box.

  26. TergoLive

    TergoLive

    4 ай бұрын

    I want to take a moment and appreciate all the engineers that makes these things possible in each industry. This is extraordinary!

    • GodzillaGoesGaga

      GodzillaGoesGaga

      4 ай бұрын

      @Vue U Agree. Milk bottles were a perfect recycling mechanism. Wash and reuse. I'd buy beer in bottles like that. I don't need a label once I have the product!!

    • Vue U

      Vue U

      4 ай бұрын

      @C Flynn I can't even tell you how many vitamin type supplement bottles (glass and plastic), as well as medication bottles that I've had to throw out over the years. The thing with these kinds of bottles, is that unlike soda bottles and cans, one doesn't squeeze or crush them, generally. They are in the same condition, label and all, as when they were opened. The only difference, is that the safety seal is off. So all they might have to do is develop a "dry" sanitizing system, that allows the label to stay intact, while sanitizing the bottle itself. Then, the bottle can be refilled with the same thing it initially was labeled for and either sent back to the customer, if they have automatic refill, or put it back on the market. It can't be that hard to do.

    • Peta Dawkins

      Peta Dawkins

      4 ай бұрын

      @America 1st my sentiments to.

    • C Flynn

      C Flynn

      4 ай бұрын

      @Vue U Especially metal aerosol cans, they could easily be reused and refilled as they are made of strong metal. I feel so wasteful throwing empty spray cans away, when the can probably is worth nearly half as much as the product it shipped with. All the money and resources wasted….smh

  27. Linda M

    Linda M

    Ай бұрын

    This was a very interesting and a great informative video. As a side note I make bracelets using recycled glass beads handmade in Ghana Africa. But they of course don't have the machinery shown in this video The Ghanian artisans collect all colors of glass(, bottles, jars etc. ) They separate them by color into baskets ( I assume they hand remove labels if there are any) The traditional way they make these beads is amazing. They put the glass into a container and using a heavy pole to pound it over and over until it is crushed and broken into very tiny pieces. ( very small little chips.) They then scoop a very small portion of the chips into clay molds with rounded or other shaped divits( molds they also have handmade) They can use all one color or combine a variety of colors for variation and mixed color beads. They place the mold into hot clay ovens ( which they of course also built) The glass chips are melted. Once melted they use additional techniques to form and smooth and create a hole for stringing. ( sometimes during heating process they place a short stem into the center of the glass chips which burns away leaving a hole.) When cooled they dump them into a small shallow curved bottom "bowl shape" the ground. With some water added they roll the beads back and forth to smooth them. ( of course all of these techniques are done from sitting positions on the ground) Once smooth they are washed and laid out to dry. They then can use them for making jewelry to sell in the marketplace or sell the strands of colorful beads. I have bought beads directly from Ghana and from people that sell these beads here in US. Powder glass beads!! Beautiful beads, wonderful colors, extraordinary artisans. You can watch videos of them making these online. Just search Ghana recycled glass handmade beads. Its a time consuming process. I LOVE using their beads. And knowing they are made by hand using rudimentary techniques passed from generation to generation makes them so special and appreciated.

  28. Julian A. Rilveria

    Julian A. Rilveria

    Ай бұрын

    We ultimately need more machines like this throughout Hawaii, especially thy over populated Oahu or better known as Honolulu. Needing probably 4 to 6 of these machines...

  29. robert granholm

    robert granholm

    Ай бұрын

    I love the combo of high tech, cool engineering and innovation.

  30. Aaron Kewi

    Aaron Kewi

    18 күн бұрын

    I've once said that broken glass cannot be fix but what an amazing work done here. Thanks a lot. "It's a win for our planet".

  31. ProRataX NS

    ProRataX NS

    5 ай бұрын

    With all the dust and glass dust I'm seeing, I'm surprised breathing protection is not mandatory in this facility.

    • WTF Horror & Scifi

      WTF Horror & Scifi

      2 ай бұрын

      @Louie Santos Finally someone who knows what they're talking about because of personal experience. Thanks.

    • Louie Santos

      Louie Santos

      2 ай бұрын

      We usually use dust mask in the areas where the raw materials are stored. We dont usually go there and the people who works there regularly are using masks.

    • plixplop

      plixplop

      3 ай бұрын

      Even if that isn't a serious health risk, at the very least it would have to be uncomfortable and irritating to have that crap in your mouth and eyes...

    • ProRataX NS

      ProRataX NS

      4 ай бұрын

      @MoneyManHolmes Yeah get him I'm super upset and money I'm gonna hold you like directly responsible for this video because obviously you're directly involved. 🙄

    • MoneyManHolmes

      MoneyManHolmes

      4 ай бұрын

      Would you like to speak to the manager?

  32. Mongo_Congo

    Mongo_Congo

    2 ай бұрын

    Thanks for the great educational video. There is a Beach in Brooklyn, NY, on Jamaica Bay that is called "Bottle Beach". Decades ago, before people realized that glass and other items would take millions of years to break down, NYC must have just used the Bay to discard bottles that were just dumped in waterways. I can still recall all the Glass bottles that were dumped in that section of Jamaica Bay. Too bad that happened because all it did was ruin the environment. I remember when I was a kid seeing all of the bottles on the shore of Jamaica Bay. Some bottles were still intact while others were broken. The Glass Bottles were in all different colors and thicknesses and some were from the early 1900s Too bad the Gateway Federal Park never cleaned up that area and recycled all of the glass.

  33. Thaddaeus Maximus

    Thaddaeus Maximus

    6 күн бұрын

    Nice to know glass is actually recyclable as opposed to plastic. Would love to see a metal recycling video.

  34. Gaelan Hansel

    Gaelan Hansel

    Ай бұрын

    I've consistently recycled my glass for decades and this is encouraging news. Thanks Jerry!

  35. CrazyPirateSquirrel

    CrazyPirateSquirrel

    Ай бұрын

    I almost passed this by when I saw it in my feed but I’m glad I didn’t. This video was more informative and better put together than I thought it was going to be! Thank you! :) My only question concerns the electrodes that melt the glass. I tried to scroll down to see if you had answered it earlier but didn’t see anything. Approximately how long does it take a brand new electrode to get into the condition of the old one that you showed us?

  36. RedRingOfDead

    RedRingOfDead

    5 ай бұрын

    "We can't let Linus tech tips donate more" man I love to see this. And meanwhile you help clean the seas

    • Assort TV Official

      Assort TV Official

      3 ай бұрын

      @BELIEVE in JESUS 😇👍👍👍👍😇😇 true 👍 ✔ 👌

    • Assort TV Official

      Assort TV Official

      4 ай бұрын

      @Harold Counts 😇😇😇🥰🥰🥰🥰

    • Harold Counts

      Harold Counts

      4 ай бұрын

      Back in 1979 i was driving a trash truck and when i went to the dump id see large trucks dumping that supposed to be recycled glass right along where i dumped my load of trash.

    • RedRingOfDead

      RedRingOfDead

      4 ай бұрын

      @Michael Murphy not really free money. The glass isn't free they paid you 10 cents per glass beer bottle. That could be seen as a net 0 Them all the money spend to move it. It's not exactly free money.but the margins are trough the roof 🤣

    • Michael Murphy

      Michael Murphy

      4 ай бұрын

      But do you think it's fair that we paid for that glass. And us to get money back for it when we bring it to the scrap yard . But now companies make free money off us all .

  37. Marieflor Jacinto

    Marieflor Jacinto

    Ай бұрын

    Amazing. I always wonder how glasses are being recycled, now I know. Thank you for sharing. I don't throw nice glass bottles.

  38. T. Fern

    T. Fern

    2 ай бұрын

    Thanks for this video. We're now learning the beneficial result of recycling of bottles, glass, plastics, etc. for the benefit of us all and especially our planet Earth. Kudos and need more videos like this.

  39. Liche Christ

    Liche Christ

    2 ай бұрын

    A totally informative and interesting video! I've always wondered about this topic yet I've never known what processes were involved ... Thanks for presenting!

  40. Bill Stanley

    Bill Stanley

    Ай бұрын

    This reminds me, speaking economically, of the small book / essay "I, Pencil" by Leonard Read. It unravels all the steps, products, raw materials, and workers needed to create a simple pencil. I can recommend it. Likewise, I buy bananas each week at the grocery store, never considering where it came from, although I do know about the years of unrest in Guatemala and the United Fruit Co. I suppose since it's far, far away that we don't give it a second thought...it's just a banana. But in recognition of the neologism "sonder" (look it up) the people who made it possible for the banana to be at the store where I shop should be considered.

  41. Sander Posthuma

    Sander Posthuma

    5 ай бұрын

    Way to go Zack, raising consiousness about valuable 'waste' and trying to decrease the use of plastics to keep the oceans relatively clean!

    • P. K.

      P. K.

      4 ай бұрын

      @NotSoGoodGamer18 Then, you failed to do so 😂

    • NotSoGoodGamer18

      NotSoGoodGamer18

      4 ай бұрын

      @P. K. He calls himself jerry during the tear down videos. I was trying to make a joke

    • P. K.

      P. K.

      4 ай бұрын

      @Serge Romanchenko welcome buddy 😀❤️

    • Serge Romanchenko

      Serge Romanchenko

      4 ай бұрын

      @P. K. Thank you for your sarcasm my friend.

    • Serge Romanchenko

      Serge Romanchenko

      4 ай бұрын

      @MAN its because glass is a usual sand and a baking soda , that are molten together, so they will transform back into the original stare . tho of course it's a stupid idea to trow away glass into the desert. he said it's economically more efficient to melt it back. I just meant that millions years is way exaggerated.

  42. Otto

    Otto

    2 ай бұрын

    We all need more of these videos. This was Gold standard content! How about how single stream recycling works and has a high waste/landfill percentage.

  43. Mason Lev

    Mason Lev

    Ай бұрын

    this is so good to know! I had no idea that glass was this easy to recycle. Thanks for the video and the information :-) can you do a video on plastic recycling?

  44. lu Johnson

    lu Johnson

    Ай бұрын

    Hi I have been recycling since the 70's and yes I am still - I have a great "bag" pattern for all of those "feed" bags that are being used. I made and sold 50 around Christmas 2021 alone. Great site!!!

  45. Hackie Agoncillo

    Hackie Agoncillo

    Ай бұрын

    He's just really good at these from filming, editing and to narrating. Kudos!

  46. Karma Mechanic

    Karma Mechanic

    3 ай бұрын

    I am 63 years old. When I grew up next to every Coke vending machine was a case to put the empty bottles. Terrible to realize that now we are nowhere close to the efficiency of recycling glass bottles that I observed as a kid.

    • Előd Valkai

      Előd Valkai

      Күн бұрын

      @Lucien86 Part of it yes. Cans are lined with some nasty stuff though that is not recyclable. Wiki tells us that in the US only 16% of cans come from recycled alu.

    • Doge enjoyer

      Doge enjoyer

      3 күн бұрын

      @Nans Zoo how overweight are you?

    • FIREFOX274

      FIREFOX274

      10 күн бұрын

      That.. that shit sounds nasty. Everybody's just reusing there germs at that point haha At least with this they burn off any bacteria lingering before completely reforming new bottles.

    • AWriterWandering

      AWriterWandering

      12 күн бұрын

      In Germany they put a small fee on bottles and cans, which you can get back by returning the empty bottles to collection areas found in all their grocery stores. They also have receptacles on the streets for the different types of glass.

    • John Watson

      John Watson

      15 күн бұрын

      @Alfred Morency mex coke is made with cane sugar, not syrup like it now is in the U.S. Mexico coke formula also has a higher caffeine content, better "kick" along with the natural sugar!!

  47. Noah Reeverts

    Noah Reeverts

    Ай бұрын

    Fantastic video! I would love to see a video that goes into either plastic or aluminum recycling

  48. Doug Temple

    Doug Temple

    Ай бұрын

    Right on, this is exactly what we all need to do recycle and find ways to recycle more things. Also reuse as much as possible. Thank you

  49. MidWest RiverRat

    MidWest RiverRat

    Ай бұрын

    I drive past a glass factory that is right next to my work. I always wondered what the concrete bunkers full of glass were for. This was interesting

  50. Slimpickin's

    Slimpickin's

    2 ай бұрын

    I worked for awhile at the foundry at the now defunct Pontiac Motor division of General motors. We melted iron for engine parts & various other parts. The "arc melt" furnace there operated exactly the same as this glass melt furnace only on a much larger scale. The electrodes it used were about 50 times bigger than the one he showed in this video. While not using fossil fuel to directly produce the heat to melt the iron, huge amounts of electricity were required.

  51. WM DIY

    WM DIY

    5 ай бұрын

    Is it safe to be in that facility without mask, because of the glass dust. Nice video by the way.

    • michael king

      michael king

      Ай бұрын

      Worked for OC 35 + years. No mask, Its safe ! Chest Xray last year. Its clear!

    • Troy Grant

      Troy Grant

      4 ай бұрын

      @Olesya Edyth You don't find them,they find you🤔🤔🤔

    • Troy Grant

      Troy Grant

      4 ай бұрын

      @Ahmed Hussain Hell yeah,Boi

  52. Thom Porter

    Thom Porter

    2 ай бұрын

    When I was in college 25-something years ago, I took an Environmental Science class. Back then, we learned glass wasn't really recyclable because it took more energy to break it down and create something new then it did to make it from scratch. I love technology. Say something can't be done and it comes along and says "hold my beer."

  53. iaof2012

    iaof2012

    2 ай бұрын

    Amazing! Too bad they have to replace those heavy spent electrodes...as an alternative perhaps they could be placed OUTSIDE but adjacent to a heat conducting and retaining material such as cast iron which would melt and contain the molten glass and then proceed to be pumped out.

  54. Cheshire Mandrell

    Cheshire Mandrell

    Ай бұрын

    Different grades of sand can be blended into recycled glass to make many different new glass items. The production of fiber glass as insulation is very dangerous and a mask is an OSHA requirement.

  55. Aqua fer

    Aqua fer

    Ай бұрын

    Very interesting idea for a KZonlines Channel. You are a great narrator (compared to most KZonlinesr channels), and the production seems quite professional. If I were some tech. teacher I'd probably use your videos as homework, but I think your demo. leans toward us older guys. Either way, I am a bit of a nerd this way, so I like this.

  56. Berdan Sarıgöl

    Berdan Sarıgöl

    5 ай бұрын

    As an environmental engineering student, seeing these kinds of facilities makes me happy. Thank you

    • Greg

      Greg

      2 ай бұрын

      @Nuren Zayyan i appreciate the back and forth with everyone. This is a good problem for scientists and AI to continue solving. We also need to ramp back up nuclear until fusion is ready. We should take carbon free energy seriously. With enough energy we could recycle much more than we do now.

    • Greg

      Greg

      2 ай бұрын

      @Grqfes we don’t need to take on that problem now, probably not ever. Efficient electrodes can’t be used in contaminated recycled glass, so no point in wasting energy on it until we need to

    • David Heston

      David Heston

      2 ай бұрын

      @Greg Where was the glass washed?

    • Peter Kelley

      Peter Kelley

      4 ай бұрын

      Remember to look deeper into what is not being said in videos like this.

  57. NoPlasticChallenge

    NoPlasticChallenge

    7 күн бұрын

    Yes!! More videos like this. You can educate us on what is recyclable and what isn’t especially with plastic.

  58. Cend86x

    Cend86x

    4 күн бұрын

    Can you make a part two of this video and include how recycled glass is used for sandblasting?

  59. scott carr

    scott carr

    2 ай бұрын

    I have been to a Glass recycling plant in Japan, and Yes, the Japanese are very good at recycling just about anything, when it came to glass, the population would sort the glass into colour ranges at drop off sites, (and they were meticulous at putting ONLY the correct colours into the correct bins) You had Clear, Browns, Greens and what they called Black, which was ANY other colour. The Clears, the browns, and the Greens were processed back into the bins for re-making into products OF those colours, the "Black" which could be VERY dark colours or Opaque glasses from certain Spirit bottles, went into makeing any other products like your insulation wool etc. The world needs to do a lot more of this, to stop over-filling Rubbish sites or having to dig up way more New materials.

  60. charlie thomas

    charlie thomas

    16 күн бұрын

    Before all of the field work and air electrolysis, no one could keep the dies from the glass, out of the air. In modern times, the dyes automatically get swept up into the atmosphere. The local recycling in Delaware had an old problem in our air, that got resolved through radio waves. Metal and glass dyes are being delt with now. No more local auroral polution.

  61. Zach Trapper

    Zach Trapper

    4 ай бұрын

    Just a question: Is there glass particles floating in the air inside the factory? If so, I think everyone inside should be wearing a respirator.

    • Spook Griffith

      Spook Griffith

      Ай бұрын

      @Joakim Paldanius I'll take your word for it. Thanks

    • Joakim Paldanius

      Joakim Paldanius

      Ай бұрын

      i work on a site with three different crushers but mostly for steel, iron and copper. can confirm there's a LOT of shit in the air

    • Spook Griffith

      Spook Griffith

      Ай бұрын

      Really? with alll the awesome technology and expertise involved here there is no way they wouldn't be on top of that problem if it existed

    • J Hemphill

      J Hemphill

      Ай бұрын

      Hey, that's not just a question. You included your opinion too.

    • Sean Spencer

      Sean Spencer

      Ай бұрын

      yea I wouldn't set foot anywhere near this place without a respirator

  62. Luis Ostasuc

    Luis Ostasuc

    2 ай бұрын

    Even though i have to take my recycling out to a center(because I cant afford curbside) it is nice knowing that my glass and aluminum are so reusable. I dont get nearly as much glass as cans, but I usually try to reuse the glass first anyway :P also, recycling has cut down on my trash volume so much that I hardly have to take it out more than once a week. Now, if only i had a city composting service for my food waste

  63. J Mc

    J Mc

    Ай бұрын

    Awesome vid,great detailed commentary and explanations and great videography. Wow what an amazing operation they run at that glass plant,that optical sorter sure is a great machine,as are the rest of them,thanks for posting,Best wishes to you all, from, Auckland, New Zealand.

  64. Cheap&Cheerful

    Cheap&Cheerful

    Ай бұрын

    Great video. Perfect example of renewable materials and energy use!

  65. Lisandro Gomez

    Lisandro Gomez

    Ай бұрын

    Amazing! This video answered many many questions. I would like to see where Luxurious Resorts in other countries handle their waste sewer and trash.

  66. Ali Chehab

    Ali Chehab

    4 ай бұрын

    I want to take a moment and appreciate all the engineers that makes these things possible in each industry. This is extraordinary!

    • santanalz

      santanalz

      3 ай бұрын

      Engineer checking in here! I'm not involved in anything glass production, I design data centers and cloud computing platforms. However, you're welcome! The importance of math and physics education is incalculable. It's what keeps America competitive in the world markets and makes cool recycling stuff like that insulation. That stuff is nuts and really cool.

    • Geoff Fikar

      Geoff Fikar

      3 ай бұрын

      It's amazing how they figure this stuff out.

    • Loren Heard

      Loren Heard

      4 ай бұрын

      Yes! And you Need Real Math To Do It! Not "feel good,common core "math...

    • F0x H0nd

      F0x H0nd

      4 ай бұрын

      @Elizabeth Brown 😂

    • Elizabeth Brown

      Elizabeth Brown

      4 ай бұрын

      Glory to God 🙏🔥🌌

  67. Shawn KelleyLewis

    Shawn KelleyLewis

    Ай бұрын

    Thanks for a great lesson. My question has to due with weather recycling aluminum or plastic Is better for our planet. I have been told that plastic is more difficult to recycle but that recycling Aluminum uses more man made energy and costs more. What the real answer?

  68. Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes

    Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes

    Ай бұрын

    Thanks for the video re recycling of glass. It’s informative and interesting. How about you please feature the recycling of papers that turned into napkins, toilet papers, corrugated cardboard boxes, and more.

  69. No Rickroll Club

    No Rickroll Club

    2 ай бұрын

    That is cool. You should do a video on recycling fabric. I am a seamstress and I try to make the most of the items I make and I am always recycling old garments into new items. I loved this video and shared it to my fb page.

  70. SpadesOfPaint Studios

    SpadesOfPaint Studios

    2 ай бұрын

    I always wondered how this worked and I gotta say I’m impressed

  71. F0x H0nd

    F0x H0nd

    4 ай бұрын

    I work for one of these facilities and a driver came in today; said I gotta watch the video. He was right, you did a great job! Thank you for coming out and sharing what we do with so many and spreading awareness.

    • Stylianos Vita

      Stylianos Vita

      2 ай бұрын

      @Gordon Welcher hahahaha.Clever!

    • Giuseppe B

      Giuseppe B

      3 ай бұрын

      @FlipNasty Silicosi is italian name : reduces capacity of the lumbs and the door for another bad things

    • RedRingOfDead

      RedRingOfDead

      3 ай бұрын

      @JiuJitsu Guy 90% sure just highly irritating. But there is no doubt if you work here and walk in this the whole day that there are some health issues that could come up over time. But once processed it's save but I would recommend wearing PPE for your own sanity. Glass dust is known to be irritating

    • JiuJitsu Guy

      JiuJitsu Guy

      3 ай бұрын

      Is breathing this dust dangerous???

    • Rick Prusak

      Rick Prusak

      3 ай бұрын

      What's amazing is that all those bottles are one weeks worth from just one bar in town. Now that's some serious drinking customers.

  72. Mott Dude

    Mott Dude

    Ай бұрын

    About 20 years ago I worked for a company that was recycling an EPA listed hazardous waste at a steel plant. Mini-Mills use electric arc furnaces to recycle scrap steel. The process generates huge amounts of a dust called, not coincidentally, electric arc furnace dust. The dust is a very fine dust and is composed mainly of ferric oxide, calcium oxide and zinc oxide with ferric oxide predominating. It also contains significant amounts of the toxic heavy metals lead, cadmium and chromium and which is why it is listed by EPA as a hazardous waste. We were recycling the EAF Dust by mixing it with glass formers, fluxes and matrix modifiers and processing it into a chemically inert and non toxic glass-ceramic product using a process called High Temperature Vitrification (which is techno-babble for glass making). The reason I bring this up was that the primary glass formers we originally used was glass grade sand mixed with some soda ash (sodium bicarbonate). My job was product development as by EPA regulations to be exempted from EPA Hazardous Waste regulations we had to manufacture value added products in which the material being recycled(in this case hazardous EAF Dust) is required to be a required ingredient to manufacture the product and the product manufactured must have a market and will be sold in that market. As I was the companies chemist/materials scientist I was in charge of product development. As such, when I was hired one of the first formulation changes I made was to replace the sand/soda ash mixture with cullet as using the cullet substantially reduced my raw materials and energy cost, without impacting product quality, it also reduced the molten products viscosity which translated into increased production rates at lower cost. I had a special relationship with the local MRF’s in which I was one of the few outlets they had for using three mix cullet. The MRF’s produce a significant amount off three mix cullet in their glass recycling process which is not usable by most glass manufacturing process as it is contaminated with small amounts of ceramic plate ware which is composed primary of aluminum oxide and even a very small amount of aluminum oxide in a glass melt bath can ruin that batch. Since the MRF’s had few, if any, outlets for the three mix cullet and since the products I formulated were not glass products I had different quality requirements in which the aluminum oxide contamination was not a problem as I was already using small quantities of aluminum oxide as a matrix modifier for our end product I had engineered the ceramic contamination was a non issue for me. The end result was I was able to negotiate very favorable pricing of I only had to pay for the transportation of the three mix cullet as I was their only outlet for the material. As a result by changing our product formulation by using only waste materials that the generators were disposing of, I cut our raw materials cost by 75%. My suppliers loved me too as I could consume most if not all of these waste streams that normally they had to pay significant amounts to dispose of. Thus I was able to set up a robust supply chain in which I was not dependent on any one generator to supply me with the waste streams I was using as raw materials and I only had to pay the transportation cost. Though the biggest gains I made in reducing cost was from the switch to three mix cullet. I think the biggest kick I got from the whole experience was having to fight tooth, claw and nails with the company engineers every step of the way to implement the changes I had developed to not only the chemical formulations but also for the new products I had developed which were substantially more profitable than the architectural products they had originally been manufacturing. I got a kick out of driving engineers nuts with my outside the box thinking but I was also very open minded towards their objections as they were some really smart and talented engineers and I learned a lot from them and I completely understand why engineers hate the “Good idea fairy.”. LOL

    • Mott Dude

      Mott Dude

      Ай бұрын

      @Will Wallace Yes it would. I used some of those rejected loads. Fortunately in the process I was using ceramic contamination at that level was a non issue as I was manufacturing an abrasive product.

    • Will Wallace

      Will Wallace

      Ай бұрын

      A very small amount of ceramic will cause a whole truck load of cullet to be rejected. It doesn’t melt in a furnace and will plug the holes in the fiberizer spinners.

  73. Matthew Dancz

    Matthew Dancz

    Ай бұрын

    This is really cool! Why did plastic beat glass for most packaging? Do we really need all of this awful security packaging?

  74. Reginald Fawcett

    Reginald Fawcett

    11 күн бұрын

    Great video. Can fiberglass insulation be recycled as well?

  75. Med Tec67

    Med Tec67

    19 күн бұрын

    Love this video and would love to see more like it!

  76. SteveVi0lence

    SteveVi0lence

    Ай бұрын

    Love how you wear safety glasses, but no one is wearing a respirator from preventing inhaling airborne glass

    • Maxsdad 53

      Maxsdad 53

      Ай бұрын

      The video explained how breathing in the glass was perfectly safe.

    • stephen R

      stephen R

      Ай бұрын

      Actually under a microscope glass doesnt have a barb like sand. It wont hurt you at all. Which makes it perfect for a blasting material.

  77. c182SkylaneRG

    c182SkylaneRG

    2 ай бұрын

    As for what to look at next, Plastic recycling (or lack thereof) needs the widest possible publication, but I'm personally curious to know what becomes of cardboard, paper bags, magazines, and all the credit card offers we throw out on a daily basis.

  78. sam Tollefson

    sam Tollefson

    13 күн бұрын

    Back in the 70's I used to travel from North-Western WV to Pittsburg, PA, along the way there were two short lengths of the road made as a test out of recycled glass. One was the green road made from green glass (probably from Rolling Rock beer bottles) and a reddish-brown one from brown bottles. I never heard any follow-up on the success of the program, however isn,t ground glass basically sand? And sharp sand at that, couldn't it be used to make concrete? I understand the world is experiencing a shortage of sharp sand.

  79. ever hope

    ever hope

    2 ай бұрын

    We all know how important it is to recycle stuff but i'm always baffled when people say "it's just water vapour" coming out the chimney, water vapour is 1 of the biggest greenhouse gases in our atmosphere yet nobody seems too concerned about it

  80. Aeons Past

    Aeons Past

    5 ай бұрын

    I have binge watched HOURS of How It's Made. I would love more videos of this kind, on ANY subject. Well done!

    • CA$S4381

      CA$S4381

      4 ай бұрын

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