Why can I put broken drinking glasses, window glass or mirrors in the Brimbank recycling bin?
The glass that is used for making jars and bottles melts at a lower temperature than the type of glass that is used to manufacture mirrors, windows, kitchenware and other more durable products. This means that the furnace which is used to melt the bottles & jars during recycling is not hot enough to melt other types of glass. If a broken window finds its way into the glass recycling process, the fragments of window glass will not melt but will go through to the machinery where the re-moulding takes place, unmelted. Here they will appear as imperfections in the newly made bottles. Glass in the newly formed bottle is not able to meld well with the fragment of window glass. This would results in a weak and fragile bottle. So please; no windows, mirrors, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes or drinking glasses in the recycling!