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Traffic light plates and other waste glass reuse Answered

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What does a municipality do with old traffic lights? Why, they can make them into dinner plates! Recycled Glassworks makes plates from old traffic light covers from retired lights, often the ones replaced with the newfangled LED kind. Oddly, the green lights end up as blue plates... dunno if this is an artifact of the plate-making process or if the light behind is very yellow, necessitating a blue "green" light.

But while that's probably their most dramatic product, there's another. Most glass recycling is limited to bottles and jars. The only thing to do with broken windows, or broken glass tabletops, or other glass of this kind, has been to throw it away. Recycled Glassworks accepts this kind of glass in addition to the traffic light kind. They cut it to size and kiln-bake it in a mold (a process called slumping) to produce extremely attractive bowls and plates.

Way to go, Recycled Glassworks!

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-27

Ah the ever so popular "blue plate special" :-) Quite interesting.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-04-27

That is so cool. People are always finding new ways to reuse! I love it!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-27

Cool! I had an opportunity to get some of these, but I didn't now i wish I did

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