Mountains of glass in Israeli desert

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Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd., Israel’s only glass container factory, runs 24/7 and produces a million bottles and containers every day.

The factory, located in the Negev desert, produces some 300,000 defective bottles a day. The defects are ground up and gathered into piles to be melted into new bottles. The rolling hills of glass shards span a few soccer fields and reach up to 50 feet high.

The factory runs nonstop – the ovens must always run to prevent the molten glass from hardening and clogging the equipment.

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