8 Second Life Of A Bottle

Second Life Of A Bottle

Posted on November 4, 2011 by


Starting from 2012 in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, second bottling of alcoholic drinks and infant's food into glass bottles won't be allowed anymore. While public organizations of the three countries are waiting for an explanation, let's visit a bottle pick-up center and see what's going on there today.


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It's always very lively there. The majority of those who bring in recycled resouces are retirees.

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Here they accept glass, plastic, aluminium cans, waste paper, etc. The amount of recycled sourses they receive daily is equivalent to 4600-4800 rubles (150 dollars).

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8 Responses to “Second Life Of A Bottle”

  1. geoff says:

    That is recycling at its best.

  2. EngrishBob says:

    I used to work bottle sorting and washing at Britvic in Leeds. They have one of these machines only much bigger. They are awesome to watch.

  3. Yojimbo says:

    I do not see what the big deal is with using old bottles so long as they are be properly cleaned what is the big deal.

    You could also melt the glass down and use it again to make new bottles I suppose that is what they will need to start doing if they ban the other method.

  4. Hirsh says:

    I wonder what the total energy consumption is to collect, deliver, sort out defects, clean and sterilize a reusable bottle vs. collecting the bottles, transporting the crushed glass in bulk and simply molding it into new bottles?

    • ChrisSmith says:

      One of our state wide beer manufacturers and distributors did that study. With gas at the 80’s low it was cheaper to collect and wash the bottle. With the 2000’s it was cheaper to crush and melt the bottle. Something like a 20% savings in transport and energy costs.

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