Recycling Facts: Plastic Vs Glass

While plastic and glass are both recyclable materials, there are many advantages to using plastic over glass for packaging. When it comes to environmental impact and recycling, let’s look at how these two materials measure up.


Both plastic and glass are recyclable, but glass is more limited and can only be turned into more glass. Plastic can be recycled into countless other products, including everything from furniture to clothing and building materials, in addition to being manufactured into new plastic bottles. 


Glass is much heavier than plastic, which means more trips are required when transporting. This translates to a greater environmental impact. Glass is also much heavier for the end consumer, while plastic is lightweight and much easier to carry.


Glass is far more fragile than plastic and is easily broken. When dropped it creates a large and dangerous mess. It’s also far more slippery than plastic, making it easier to drop than a plastic container. Unlike glass bottles, plastic bottles are incredibly durable and can be dropped without breakage or causing harm.  


Glass takes twice as much energy to produce. There is also more pollution created in the manufacture, shipping and recycling of glass compared to plastics.