In 2006, St Gobain Glass were presented by the then MP, David Cameron with the ‘Business Commitment to the Environment’ award, given in recognition of the plant’s innovative flat glass cullet recycling scheme. The scheme sees Saint-Gobain Glass collecting and recycling its customers’ cullet, lowering the company’s consumption of raw materials by almost a quarter and reducing the energy consumption at the site by eight per cent.
Saint-Gobain Glass UK in Yorkshire is a market leading manufacturing facility and has been recognized throughout the years for its dedication to reducing its environmental impact, an issue that is becoming increasingly important in the industry and society as a whole.
Saint-Gobain Glass is committed to developing innovative products and solutions for a more sustainable future and their float glass plant is a prime example of how the continual investment in cutting edge technology is enabling them to produce the most environmentally friendly products available on the market today.
As part of this innovation Gary Barber of Saint Gobain kindly asked us to get involved with a project he has been working on.
Gary`s idea was to further develop a proto-type machine that removes glass from double glazed units, not only removing the frames but also breaks the glass in order for that to be re-worked back through their manufacturing process.
This not only keeps the glass cullet from landfill but also improves the impact on the furnace efficiency as this decreases the energy needed to melt cullet as opposed to sand which is the normal material used.