I live in a "remote" part of the USA, where it is prohibitively expensive to ship glass elsewhere for recycling. Because of the small population (the nearest city over 10k people is 110 miles away), recycling is a relatively new phenomenon here. Paper, cardboard, and some plastics are trucked to a larger city, but glass goes in the landfill because it is too expensive to transport.
A friend and I recently purchased a tool for scoring glass bottles so they break evenly for use as drinking glasses or art, but that's only a small-scale solution. Glass recycling won't get off the ground here unless there is a way to use large volumes of glass in a way that either 1) is profitable or 2) generates significant savings. So how can large volumes of intact, crushed, or melted glass bottles and jars be made useful, or at least profitable, enough to be worth the cost of recycling in a small town? Are there any communities that have done this successfully?
Note: By "large volumes" I mean the amount of glass containers consumed in towns of under 10,000 people.