Commingled waste and recycled glass – what you need to know
In the world of recycling collection, commingled glass has become a bit of a buzz phrase recently. The importance of recycling glass cannot be overemphasised, and yet there are significant blockers to recycling this material easily. Why should this be the case? And more importantly, how are ReGen doing things differently?
Commingled waste streams are when the different materials that can normally be recycled are mixed in together – so paper, plastic cans and glass. Glass as a resource is widely used across a multitude of industries, and one of the main benefits of it is that is it infinitely recyclable – it can be recycled again and again without deteriorating the quality, strength or intended function, making it crucially important to recycle as much of it as possible.
One of the main issues with comingled glass is how vulnerable it is to breakage and this then runs the risk of contaminating the other waste streams. As a result, some waste-sorting facilities are no longer capable of recycling glass, which we believe is an unnecessary and irresponsible solution as this ultimately sees the glass ending up in landfill. Recently, some councils have proposed changes to their glass recycling policy, but we would like to reiterate that we will continue to accept and sort materials comingled with glass for any customers who require this service.
At our state of the art facility in Newry, we have included a glass cleaning plant, and are pleased to report that 95% of our glass is recoverable waste. This allows us to successfully recycle commingled glass instead of having to send it to landfill.
Re-Gen have always been at the forefront of materials reprocessing and to this end, we will soon be announcing even more end markets for our materials. Currently we export materials to 27 countries worldwide and we are constantly seeking new end markets to ensure that we offer the best possible service to our customers.