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

“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

Why glass recycling in the US is broken

by Mitch Jacoby

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

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

Glass: Material-Specific Data


Accessed 12/13/2020

Glass Waste Management: 1960-2018

US EPA source: Glass Packaging Institute data