Re: glass cullet in hoppers, out of era.

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Dennis Storzek wrote:
That would be "post-consumer" recycling. The cullet being loaded at breweries is "industrial" scrap, from breakage, chipped necks and the like, and would be all one type of glass that could go directly back to the bottle manufacture for re-use. I'm sure returning cullet from the bottling plant long pre-dates post-consumer recycling.
Dennis is entirely right, and the same goes for in-plant steel scrap, aluminum, etc. etc. for all kinds of manufacturing. Nowadays people often mean "post-consumer" when they say "recycling" but the kind described here certainly goes back to the 19th century and quite possibly back before the Industrial Revolution.

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