Broken glass bottles are piled up to be recycled at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory in the southern Israeli town of Yeruham on Jan. 24, 2016. They span the length of a few soccer fields. (Oded Balilty/AP)

A surreal junkyard disturbs an otherwise stark landscape in Yeruham, Israel. Glimmering hills of green tower 50 feet high and are made up of millions of tiny shards of broken glass containers.

The junkyard belongs to Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd., Israel’s singular glass container factory. Bottles for big names like Coca Cola, Pepsi and Heineken, as well as local wineries and olive oil companies, are produced there.

AP photographer Oded Balilty documented this manmade landscape, which not only manufactures bottles but also recycles them. Not every product is fit for its designated beverage; around 300,000 bottles are found to be defective. But those bottles are given another chance by being ground down into shards and refired on another day.


A broken sign on the ground at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory in the southern Israeli town of Yeruham on Jan. 26. (Oded Balilty/AP)

Birds fly above broken glass later to be recycled at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory on Jan. 24. (Oded Balilty/AP)

A worker sweeps sand used to manufacture glass bottles at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory Jan. 24. (Oded Balilty/AP)

An employee carries a box of defective glass bottles to be recycled at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory Jan. 27. (Oded Balilty/AP)

Glass bottles on the production line at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory Jan. 27. (Oded Balilty/AP)

Glass bottles move on the production line at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory Jan. 26. About 250 employees keep the factory running 24 hours a day, every day. They even work on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, when everything else in the country grinds to a halt. They can’t turn off the ovens because the molten glass lava will harden and clog them. (Oded Balilty/AP)

A worker breaks defective glass bottles to be recycled at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory on Jan. 27. (Oded Balilty/AP)

A worker collects plastic bottles among piles of broken glass, later to be recycled at the Phoenicia Glass Works Ltd. factory Jan. 27. (Oded Balilty/AP)