Only around 6% of the stream is recycled from UK pubs, hotels, clubs and restaurants, which equates to enough glass to see a line of beer bottles stretch 10 times around the earth.
However, a waste management company is now attempting to stop this unnecessary loss of valuable resources and energy.
Biffa has recently launched its glass recycling service in the West Midlands, South Wales and the M1 Corridor, covering Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield.
The companys recycling development manager Peter Clayson said: Were having a push to stop this crazy situation. Weve already trialled this in London, Manchester and Leeds and its been a great success.
Its worked so well that were now launching the service in the West Midlands. We know we can make recycling easy and cost effective for companies.
Previous attempts to counter this problem have failed for varying reasons. Retailers have experienced trouble sorting glass by colour while heavily subsidised initiatives have failed once their subsidy ran out.
But with increases in landfill tax making it cheaper to recycle than to send glass to landfill and reprocessors investing heavily in technology to sort bottles into different colours, this means that pubs no longer have to.
For more details on Biffas service, visit the companys website www.biffa.co.uk.