Sustainability and Recycling

Our strategies that continue to minimise our carbon footprint



South Africa consumes more than 3.1 million tonnes of glass a year, of which two thirds is reusable and can be diverted from landfills; in fact, glass accounts for 4.5% of all waste. As South Africans, we should be striving for a resource efficient economy where pragmatic sustainability measures – like glass recycling – drive waste reduction. And at Consol, we’re leading the charge.

Recycling glass isn’t about virtue signalling or patting ourselves on the back, it makes a real difference – saving energy, water and natural resources, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing the need for raw material and reducing waste at landfills.

That’s because glass is infinitely recyclable, without adversely affecting quality. Returnable (refillable) glass bottles, for example, can be used as many as 30 times before needing to be recycled, dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. By contrast, recycled glass (cullet) not only melts at a lower temperature, thereby reducing energy requirements, but nothing is lost in the melting process. For this reason, we use as much as 40% of cullet in our material batches. 

As a result, we’ve already invested more than R240 million in the equipment and processes required to recycle glass.

There are also more than 3,000 bottle banks strategically placed in cities throughout South Africa, to assist in domestic recoveries. This waste glass is collected by local, independent registered waste collection agents and sold back to the glass packaging industry.

Materials not recyclable through Consol include:

  • Ceramic cups, plates and pottery
  • Clay garden pots
  • Laboratory glass
  • Crystal and opaque drinking glasses
  • Mirrors, windshields and window glass
  • Heat-resistant ovenware (for example, Pyrex or Visionware)
  • Light bulbs, fluorescent tubes
  • Burnt glass

If you’re thinking about the environment, glass is the better choice. Let’s collectively reduce our carbon footprint by cultivating ethical consumption and recycling behaviours. 

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Make the call to get involved:

Consol Glass

0861 28 55 38

011 874 2142/ 021 950 5100


The Glass Recycling Company

0861 24 52 77

011 463 5644




Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations


Extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation has just come into effect in South Africa. EPR plays a critical role in minimising waste, ensuring sustainable waste management and supporting South Africa’s transition to a circular economy. In order to demystify the topic to its stakeholders, Consol Glass, iSanti Glass and The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) held a webinar on 10 November entitled “Unpacking the new EPR legislation”. The webinar was hosted by financial journalist Michael Avery, and featured circular-economy expert Sally-Anne Käsner and TGRC CEO Shabeer Jetham as panellists

The panel took part in a lively discussion live streamed by nearly 100 audience members. If you missed it and would like to find out more about EPR and it's repercussions, you can watch it here. (password: *8BxC*Z?)

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