Glass Waste Recycling Halifax
Every year, we discard almost 10 million metric tons of glass. The majority of it is thrown away. Only approximately a third of the waste is recycled. This isn’t due to some inherent material or chemical attribute of glass that makes it difficult to recycle. That’s because while we are doing good, we still have so much room to cover. Halifax Waste Management Environmental’s goal is to cover the road still left to be travelled. Give us a call on 01422 580 140.
Our glass waste management services come with free wheelie bins as a bonus. We’ll also provide you with a free waste audit to help you manage your waste efficiently. Do not hesitate to give us a call or fill out the form on the right for a free quote.
What is Glass Waste Recycling?
Glass reprocessing, often known as glass recycling, is the process of converting discarded glass into usable items. Used glass is washed, crushed, and melted before being remodeled into bottles and jars. This procedure can be done indefinitely without affecting the quality of the final product. Through crushing, blending, and melting glass with sand and other materials, glass can be recycled endlessly. The good news is every European country recycles more than 90% of their waste glass. When it comes to creating new glass, recycled glass is almost always used. Glass companies blend cullet — granular material made by crushing bottles used for recycling — with sand, limestone, and other materials to create the glass necessary for new bottles and jars. When it comes to glass recycling, the first thing that stands out is how beneficial cullet is. It has numerous advantages in the glass industry.Cullet also assists manufacturers in lowering their energy expenditures.
The energy required to keep the furnace at temperatures high enough to make molten glass lowers by about 3% for every 10% of cullet added to the glassmaking feed combination. Furnaces that are run at lower temperatures have longer lifespan, reduced running costs, and, as a result, cheaper final glass product prices. Cullet is beneficial to the environment in a big way. By incorporating the material into the mix, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced during the manufacturing process. When limestone carbonates combine with other materials, CO2 is released. Using ten percent cullet in the manufacturing feed reduces CO2 emissions by about five percent. Glassmakers can cut 1 metric ton of CO2 emissions for every 6 metric tons of cullet used in manufacturing.
How is Glass Waste Recycled?
All glass is collected individually and transported to our cutting-edge Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for storage. After that, the material is bulked up and transferred to a glass treatment facility.
The glass goes through a pre-treatment process that uses blowing air to remove any paper or plastic. Magnets are used to remove any metal things.
It is then colour-sorted and cleaned to remove any remaining contaminants.
The material is then crushed, heated, and molded into new bottles and jars. Glass is a highly adaptable material with almost endless applications, so recovering as much as possible makes perfect sense.
Because glass does not decay during the recycling process, it can be recycled indefinitely.
This is one of the most efficient ways to recycle any type of commercial waste, with over 100 percent of the original material recovered in an exceptionally clean and pure condition, as well as tremendous environmental benefits.