Recycled glass has promising future

Key industry decision makers have been told that the market for recycled glass products is growing and the future looks promising.

At the annual GlassAction meeting in Barnsley, attended by over 100 industry professionals, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) officials reported on a number of industrial-scale trials in sectors such as brick and tile manufacture, filtration, grit blasting, sports turf and cementitious products.

Tests have demonstrated the commercial viability of recycled glass compared to traditional materials, such as sand, which is often not renewable.

WRAP materials sector manager for glass Andy Dawe said: “These trials have highlighted the many different benefits recycled glass can offer British industry. By demonstrating the advantages of using it, we have provided a good business case, which UK companies will find hard to ignore.”

Delegates heard of the benefits of recycled glass for preparing metal surfaces for paint and coatings, its effectiveness at removing suspended solids from effluent and its suitability as an alternative to silica sand in mortar and tile adhesive products.

Other research showed its potential as a replacement for primary aggregates; with Fife-based manufacturer Brand & Rae now offering a concrete block containing 30% recycled glass as part of its standard product range.

Brand & Rae managing director Gary Bell said: “This application is a highly effective way of reusing stocks of mixed colour glass, which the container industry cannot accommodate.

“We’re committed to producing and marketing concrete blocks containing recycled glass and believe more material needs to be made available for this application. We could potentially use as much as 65,000 tonnes per annum.”

With UK wine consumption growing and estimated to produce 1,100,000 tonnes of glass waste a year by 2008, the need for adequate markets is pressing.

Read the entire article on the source link below.

600450 Recycled glass has promising future

See more news about:

Others also read

Potters Industries Inc., an affiliate of PQ Corporation, announced today that, effective February 15, 2007, the price on all Metal Finishing Glass Bead and Ground Glass product shipments will increase up to 3 cents a pound.
Owners of Lincoln Glass in Newport, Dan and Elayne Mason, celebrated their 50th anniversary in the business this year. Dan's parents, John and Grace Mason, established Lincoln Glass in 1956 and oversaw day-to-day operations for 20 years.
Edward A. Shriver Jr., a Pittsburgh architect who works in retail store design, encourages architects and retail owners alike to "think outside the box," light years away from the designs that have dominated American retail architecture in recent decades.
Hoya Corp., Japan's largest optical glass maker, agreed to buy camera maker Pentax Corp. for 90.6 billion yen ($765 million) to add endoscopes and surgical scissors.
Strange specimens of natural glass found in the Egyptian desert are products of a meteorite slamming into Earth between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago, scientists have concluded. reported that Tarnaveni (Romania)-based Gecsat, estimates an approximately 6.4 million-euro turnover for this year, a 16% drop against last year, when the company posted a 7.6 million-euro turnover.

Add new comment