Embracing a different kind of World Environment Day

 In the COVID-19 era, World Environment Day, which took place on 5 June, took on an even more significant meaning, as the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet livable, all come from nature – coinciding with this year’s World Environment Day theme:  Time for Nature.


By actively making glass recycling part of your every-day life, you too are making time for nature and the fight against climate change. The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) would like to encourage every South African to continue doing their part for the environment.


Some benefits of glass recycling to bear in mind:

  • Recycling saves energy – Making glass from raw materials or for the first time compared to making it from a recycled glass bottle or jar uses more energy.
  • It reduces pollution – Glass produced from recycled glass bottles or jars reduces related air pollution by 20% and related water pollution by 50%.
  • Recycling glass saves scarce landfill space – Recycling glass bottles and jars mean less trash goes to landfills.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources – For every ton of recycled glass used in the manufacturing of new glass packaging, 1.2 tons of non-renewable natural resources are saved.
  • Glass is infinitely recyclable and can be recycled endlessly while maintaining quality.


“We encourage everyone to keep making green choices, even during these uncertain times, as even the smallest green act makes a difference to the environment. Whilst we are social distancing and taking the rest of mankind into consideration, we too should be taking the environment into consideration to ensure that there is a green future for generations to come,” explains CEO of The Glass Recycling Company, Shabeer Jhetam.