Glass Recycling for your business
Glass is one of the best materials that can be recycled, as it does not deteriorate when reshaped, meaning 100% of the material can be used again and again. Glass recycling is a win-win for the planet and for cost-effective business practice. That's why ASL believe in making glass recycling easy and straightforward for you, offering collections across The South West.
Why recycle glass?
As minimal new material is needed to recycle glass raw material usage is reduced. This reduces production costs. Even better, the energy used to melt down and reshape glass is 70% less than is used in the production of new glass. This means the CO2 emissions caused by glass production are dramatically reduced. Recycling just one glass bottle, saves enough energy to power a laptop for 25 minutes.
What happens to the glass I recycle?
When your glass bin is collected by our Waste management and disposal technicians, you no longer have to worry about it…but that does not mean the process stops there.
Firstly, any glass that you include is sorted into colours, usually brown, green and clear. Following this, the glass enters a manual sorting process, where a human sorter will remove any obvious non-glass items.
Once this is done, the bottles and larger glass pieces are sent through a crusher. This crushed glass is called cullet.
The cullet then is put onto a conveyor belt, where any non-glass items are removed. Powerful magnets are used to pull out any ferrous (magnetic) items. Any non-magnetic items are removed via powerful vacuums that suck out plastics and other non-glass materials.
Clear, single colour cullet can then go directly to be recycled into new products. It is mixed with materials, mostly sand, and then will be fed into the furnace where it is melted down ready to be reshaped into new glass products. This furnace can be a lot cooler than for new glass, reducing co2 emissions considerably.
The glass is then poured into moulds and cooled, the set product forming new glass.
What types of glass can I recycle?
We are aware that glass recycling may seem complicated, especially if you produce a lot. That is why we provide one collection for mixed glass recyclables, with any grading and sorting undertaken by our experts once we have removed it from your premises.
We can offer a single glass recycling bin in which all of the following glass products can be thrown away:
- Glass bottles
- Glass jars
- Ovenproof glass, including glass containers used to store food
- Non-food glassware, including perfume bottles, cosmetics bottles
- Glass fibre
Our recycling consultants are also on hand to advise on disposal of glass products that may have traditionally been more difficult to recycle, all you need to do is provide us with detail of the glass type on your quote form when requesting a quote.
Who could benefit from ASL glass recycling?
Any business that uses a large amount of glass, this could include:
- Supermarkets and Corner Shops
- Window producers
- Lighting dealers and producers
- Car manufacturers and Garages
- Food and drink production facilities
How does ASL glass collection work?
Glass recycling is collected in specific, strengthened bins or larger containers. In order to provide a glass collection service tailored to your needs, we will first complete a comprehensive audit of your collection needs on-site.
Once we have evaluated the volume and type of glass you are producing, we can supply a range of containers suited to your requirements. This can range from a standard wheelie bin for glass products (with prices starting as low as £5 per collection) all the way to a large skip, with our bin delivery and rental completely free.
We also know that you want a reliable, flexible collection, so we can offer weekly and fortnightly collections as well as ‘call when you need collection’ services for larger containers.
To get a quote, or request a consultant's advice please contact our dedicated customer advice team via the link below or call us on 0117 964 2652.