Recycling Glass Bottles & Jars


Mack Glass Christmas Tree Build


This December, Jason's Mack Glass team constructed the glass Christmas tree. The glass tree will remain on display through January 2021. 


Location: 502 N. Neil St, Champaign


Price: Free


  • Artist Jason Mack will attempt to build the world's tallest glass Christmas tree at 31feet and weighing two tons.
  • Please help grow the tree by donating clear and green glass bottles/jars/containers on-site during open hours only. Please do not bring flat glass (windows and mirrors).
  • A gift shop selling Jason's hand-blown ornaments and small versions of the tree will be available on-site.
  • At the end of the project, all glass used (even the glass scraps) will be 100% recycled.

Glass Recycling Facts

from the Glass Packaging Institute https://www.gpi.org/glass-recycling-facts


“Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

Glass is made from readily-available domestic materials, such as sand, soda ash, limestone, and “cullet,” the industry term for furnace ready recycled glass. ...

Recycled glass can be substituted for up to 95% of raw materials.

Online Articles and Reports about Glass Bottle Recycling

Glass recycling finds funding on campus

by Luis Velazquez, Staff Writer, Daily Illini

October 10, 2019

https://dailyillini.com/news/2019/10/10/glass-recycling-still-funded-on-campus-as-recyclings-decrease/


Why glass recycling in the US is broken

by Mitch Jacoby

February 11, 2019, appeared in Volume 97, Issue 6, Chemical & Engineering News

https://cen.acs.org/materials/inorganic-chemistry/glass-recycling-us-broken/97/i6

Americans turn old bottles into new ones at much lower rates than people in other countries.

A recent analysis explains why.


Are Your Glass Bottles Really Getting Recycled?

by Matt Hickman, updated June 5, 2017

https://www.treehugger.com/pain-glass-problem-single-stream-recycling-4868067


Glass: Material-Specific Data

U.S. EPA

Accessed 12/13/2020

https://www.epa.gov/facts-and-figures-about-materials-waste-and-recycling/glass-material-specific-data


Glass Waste Management: 1960-2018

US EPA source: Glass Packaging Institute data