Save the glass we dump every week for future generations.
Pure silica is a treasure. Creating pure glass requires a lot of energy. Glass is so cheap now because energy is cheap. The day will come when manufacturing glass costs too much. We dump many tons of glass bottles every week into recycling bins and it all just goes away…..somewhere. Once silica sand is purified into glass it becomes much easier to use for creating useful items.
We have an opportunity to do a little provisioning for the future generations. Let us sort this glass by color, crush it, and stockpile it somewhere, anywhere. We can fill up low places, back fill old quarries or gravel pits, even create land forms. An example of a proactive use: create terraces on sloping ground to create more useful places for growing food, building homes, or roads.
It’s just silica….pure sand…. one of the more common elements. Life will grow over the top of it. And in some some distant day one of our descendants might just discover a mother lode of pure silica and go into the glass blowing business. OK. Sorting by color does add some complexity and expense up front (for this generation) but imagine what a treasure a mine of pure clear glass could be in 300 years.