Glass from the explosion poses different challenges from bottles.
Between 20 and 22 tons of glass had been brought to the factory in Tripoli, a hive of rhythmic activity centered around the furnace that burns at 900-1,200 degrees Celsius.
More than 5,000 tons of glass was shattered by the explosion. From mid-August to September 2, almost 58 tons were sent for reuse at Uniglass and Koub/Golden Glass in Tripoli. Volunteers tried to salvage at least part of the tons of glass that littered the streets to help the local industry.
Glass retrieved from Beirut after the massive explosion at its port re-emerged as molten glass ready to be recycled into traditional slim-necked water jugs.