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Linnear vs circular economy

End of Waste Foundation Supports the creation of a Circular Economy

Unlike linear economies, circular economies are aimed at minimizing waste and creating sustainability.

The End of Waste Foundation is built on the vision of producing a circular economy within the recycling industry, eliminating waste and fostering a revolutionary paradigm of shared responsibility.

Our system is powered by environmentally conscious businesses and consumers who contribute to the Proof of Recycling Program which subsidizes the efforts made by our waste and recycling enrolled partners to divert waste from landfills.

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The Challenges
The plastic epidemic

Plastic production and consumption have increased at a 500% rate in the last 40 years and are predicted to double over the next 10 years. If we don’t do something now, we could be facing 250 million tons of plastic in the ocean in less than 10 years.

The landfill economy

Part of living in the modern world requires us to take resources from the ground to make products. The problem is that we just throw it into the garbage when we no longer want or need them. Take-makes-waste!

The current recycling system is strained

Many communities have limited or zero access to recycling collection services. Many recycling programs have recently been eliminated and those that are left often have preferred inefficient practices.

For every one ton of glass
For every one ton of glass
2 yards
(cubic) of landfill is used up
For every one ton of glass
7,5 lbs
air pollutans are emitted
For every one ton of glass
1.2 tones
CO2 are released into the atmosphere
How it works
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Trace

Our Recycling Traceability System™ (RTS™) tracks quantities of glass through each stage of the recycling process.

Each month, our waste and recycling partners report and validate how much glass is moving through the system.

This validation ensures a certain quantity of glass is being diverted from landfill, recycled and turned into new products.

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Once a traceability chain has been completed and validated, quantities of recycled glass are made available in the End of Waste Foundation Marketplace.

Businesses and individuals looking to offset their carbon footprint and become more sustainable can purchase Recycling Certificates.

Each ton of recycled glass is valued at $70. Up to $45.5 are distributed back to the recycling companies and help divert more glass from landfills.

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Certify

Recycling Certificates are issued for individuals who contributed and are an easy and verifiable way to offset CO2 footprint and prove recycling is taking place.

Certificates verify the source of glass, how much glass has avoided landfills and how much CO2 has been saved from the atmosphere.

Proof of glass recycling offers peace of mind that a truly circular economy is being built. It creates opportunities for personal branding and social recognition.

How you can help

Be part of the solution

This is an opportunity to bring sustainability to your community and enact real, long-term changes. By joining the cause at End of Waste Foundation, you’ll be fueling recycling infrastructure growth, diverting glass from landfills and helping to end the plastic epidemic.

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Bring Awareness

Did you know that only 1/3 of glass gets recycled in the United States? Is it difficult for you to recycle glass or other materials in your community? Learn more about how you can get involved locally to make a difference.

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Why glass?
Benefits of using glass instead of plastic

Doesn’t leach BPA (Bisphenol A) into bottled products.

Carbon dioxide escapes glass slower than plastic, keeping beverages carbonated for longer.

Glass is endlessly recyclable while plastic can only be recycled up to seven or eight times.

Glass does not erode or deform with usage or time, making it easier to reuse.

Raw materials saved from recycling one ton glass

42 kWh of electricity.

5 gallons of oil.

714.3 BTUs of energy.

2 cubic yards of landfill space.

1,330 pounds of sand.

433 pounds of soda ash.

433 pounds of limestone.

151 pounds of feldspar.

0.38 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Why Recycling Glass is Important

Glass is the sustainable alternative to plastic and does not have the same capacity to destroy wildlife and pollute water tables.

Over 6 million tons of glass end up in a landfill each year in the United States. At an average size of 600 acres, US citizens are effectively filling up one landfill per year with just glass!

Recycling glass instead of producing it using raw materials is nearly 70 percent more energy efficient.

Choose Your Impact and Join the Movement

With your monthly contribution you can:

Offset the CO2 created from your average yearly garbage production

Be a part of a collective movement

Access data through EOW TM Recycling Certificates

Create long-lasting & tangible change in the recycling industry

Help bring back glass recycling to communities forced to drop it

Individual

$3.99 month

Offset 520 lbs
of CO2/year

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Couple

$6.99 month

Offset 911 lbs
of CO2/year

Contribute

Family of 4

$9.99 month

Offset 1,302 lbs
of CO2/year

Contribute

Be the Change You Want to See

People who joined the movement

In order to fight Climate Change, we need all hands on deck - including YOU! Find out what your contribution should be, using our carbon offset calculator.

I want to contribute

In addition to using and recycling glass, I'm trying to avoid buying plastic as much as possible. Also cutting up any plastic waste that can ring around wildlife. Reuse things. Do whatever you can. Every little thing helps.

Jerri M., United States

Recycling has always been important to me because nature is being destroyed by human carelessness. By recycling, I’m reducing the waste my family creates as much as possible. The earth needs to be treated with respect!

Meredith B, Maine

It’s important that we stop such waste as our oceans and rivers are full of trash already. Our wildlife is endangered and dying from our waste.

Robin N., Michigan

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