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Hartzler's Glass Bottles

The entire Hartzler family has a deep appreciation and love for the earth that God has given us. We don’t consider recycling to be an “extra,” but a duty and a responsibility.

We encourage the return of all our 1/2-gallon glass milk bottles by offering a deposit on each one. When consumers return the bottles, the grocer or store owner then returns them to Hartzler Dairy. We wash and sanitize each bottle, with every batch being quality and safety inspected. We then put the bottles back into the production line to once again be filled with milk and distributed. Reusing glass bottles is nothing new to Hartzler’s. We’re still seeing the return of bottles with labels from over 10-years ago!

Bottles can be returned to anywhere Hartzler’s milk is sold. Each bottle nets a $1.50 deposit, or the deposit can be credited toward the purchase of more Hartzler milk!

Although we cannot re-use our glass egg nog bottles, the fact that they are made from glass makes them prime candidates for recycling. Glass is one of the easiest materials to recycle and can be recycled again and again with no loss in purity or quality. Clear glass - like Hartzler’s milk bottles - are the most accepted color glass for recycling. This is because glass product manufacturers prefer clear glass. Today, 90% of recycled glass is used to make new containers!

For the more crafty and creative individuals out there, our egg nog bottles can be used for countless projects. A bunch of daisies or a single sunflower look wonderful in an old-fashion milk bottle. Or how about luminaries to line the driveway at Christmas time? They also make great storage containers. We’ve seen them used for everything from loose change to nuts and bolts! Send us a photo showing how you use our bottles and we’ll post it to our website.

Some interesting facts about glass recycling:

• About 22 percent of the 10.9 million tons of glass was recovered for recycling.

• Recovery increased from 750,000 tons in 1980 to more than 2.4 million tons in 2001.

• Soft drink, beer, food, wine, and liquor containers represent the largest source of glass generated and recovered for recycling.

• Glass in durable goods, such as furniture, appliances, and especially consumer electronics, round out the sources of post consumer glass.

• Other uses for recycled glass include kitchen tiles, counter tops, and wall insulation.
For those of you who have some of Hartzler’s 1/2-gallon bottles collecting dust at home, we thank you for choosing our product. However, we kindly ask that you return the bottles so they can be re-used again. We know you understand!

Call 1-800-CLEANUP to inquire about state recycling programs.


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