New Market Opportunities For Recycled Flat Glass

New proposals making it easier to recycle the 6.6 million domestic windows that are replaced every year into products such as filtration media and new windows, were announced today by Environment Agency and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) as part of the Waste Protocols Project.

Developed in conjunction with industry representatives, the flat glass Quality Protocol will cut red tape for businesses that process waste flat glass by reducing the need to hold a number of permits and licences usually required to handle and use waste materials. A three-month consultation outlining the proposals starts today.

Martin Brocklehurst, Head of External Programmes at the Environment Agency said: "We create over 700,000 tonnes of waste flat glass each year. Currently only around 200,000 tonnes of this waste is recycled. This consultation on a Quality Protocol for processed cullet from waste flat glass, proposes creating new business opportunities for companies that market and sell-on processed flat glass. By allowing them to get rid of the "waste" tag, their products will be more attractive to buyers".

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