The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 175,000 tons of glass is generated in South Carolina. The Glass Recycling Group is a public/private stakeholder effort between the South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, local governments and industry.

The glass stakeholder group is trying to find ways to overcome the lack of markets for glass and find more high-end uses. While glass currently has limited markets due to its low value, transportation and processing costs, the state has some public and private material recovery facilities with glass technology to handle glass collected via single stream.

Although no bottle to bottle glass recycling is available in South Carolina, a number of applications for glass exist. 

  • Color-sorted furnace-ready cullet needed by glass manufacturers to make new glass
  • Glass beads for reflective highway paint and abrasives applications such as sandblasting medium
  • Countertops with recycled glass for homes and businesses
  • Landscaping
  • Roadbed applications