The new resources are:
· GlassFutures, an animated video for Key Stage 3 and 4 children
· A new glass recycling video, that shows the entire glass recycling process
· A fully revised version of the popular Key Stage 1 and 2 GlassWorks resource
In addition, all of these resources have been combined into a specially produced Education Resources Pack, designed to give recycling officers a complete kit of glass education materials. It contains:
· GlassWorks CD Rom and teachers' notes (for KS1 and 2)
· 'How we recycle glass bottles and jars' poster (for KS1 and 2)
· Containers of materials used in glass manufacturing: silica sand, limestone, cullet and soda ash
· Glass Recycling Counts: an information booklet about recycling (KS3 and 4)
· GlassFutures video for KS3 and 4
· Glass Recycling Video older children and adults
· Safety Guidance Leaflet
· Advice and suggestions on how to use the resources
GlassFutures is an education resource pack that teaches Key Stages 3 & 4 children about the environmental benefits of glass recycling.
Each GlassFutures pack contains an exciting animated film on video, which explains the important role that recycling glass bottles and jars plays in helping to preserve the environment for the future. The pack also includes a set of teachers' notes.
The popular GlassWorks, designed for children at Key Stages 1 & 2, has been completely revised and updated with new information. It is made up of an educational CD, developed with the help of educational specialists, to teach children the benefits of glass recycling.
A video showing the entire glass recycling process is also included in the pack. This can be used by recycling officers to supplement the GlassFutures information and is also suitable for teaching adults about glass recycling at events such as public meetings.
British Glass representatives will be on hand at CIWM to discuss glass recycling industry issues. There is a high level of clear glass production in the UK, and much of this is exported. At the same time, much green glass is imported as wine bottles, meaning there is an imbalance for recycling. The chemistry of green glass means that it cannot be recycled into clear glass.
This problem is compounded by the fact that more and more glass being recycled in the UK is mixed, rather than colour separated. This is due to the rise of local authoritiies' kerbside collection schemes and a trend for mixing glass from different coloured bottle banks. Although the UK glass industry cannot use all of this glass, some of it can be used for alternative applications. To meet the EU's 60 per cent recycling target by 2008, the market for these uses needs to grow.