If your business provides window fitting or services around the manufacturing of plate glass windows, you will undoubtedly have a requirement for a reliable and affordable glass waste disposal service.
When choosing the appropriate waste glass disposal or recycling service, it’s important to consider certain factors, such as:
- The legislation that governs the disposal of glass waste
- Is there a local glass disposal facility near you?
- Does the glass tipping site recycle the waste glass?
- Does the plate glass element need to be removed from the frame of the window prior to disposal?
- How much will it cost to tip the glass? Are window frames chargeable?
Read on to learn more about the process of plate glass disposal, as well as how Commercial Recycling can help you recycle your glass waste.
Why does glass need to be recycled?
Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Glass seems to be one of the most common items that can be recycled, particularly in households, but it is almost never recycled into new glass products. Instead, it is often recycled into raw materials like sand and gravel.
The process of recycling glass hugely reduces CO2 emissions and energy use. In fact, British Glass claims that every tonne of glass that is re-melted saves up to 246kg of CO2 emissions and accounts for up to 95% of raw materials.
- Window/glass manufactures
- Mirror/glass/glazing companies
- Window companies/fitters
- Conservatory companies/fitter
- Double glazed window companies]
- Home improvement companies
- ‘Handy man’ type companies
- Property maintenance companies
Do you need commercial glass disposal? If so, contact our friendly team on 01202 331560 for more information.
Current legislation around plate glass disposal
As stated on the UK’s Government website, when carrying out commercial glass disposal, you must consider the following;
- Businesses must try to reuse, recycle and recover waste to try and keep commercial waste to a minimum.
- Any waste must be sorted and stored securely until it is time for disposal.
- Whenever waste is disposed of, a waste transfer note must be given by the waste carrier. This must be done for each load of waste that leaves your premises and it is the responsibility of the business (waste provider) to ensure this happens.
- Ensure that your waste carrier is legally registered to dispose of waste and is tipping your waste at a correctly licensed facility. If your waste carrier disposes of your waste illegally, you must report them.
- You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste, such as when a glass frame has been coated in a hazardous substance (i.e. adhesive or paint.) In this scenario, the disposal of the hazardous waste would need to be arrange separately by contacting our sales team on 01202 331560 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: in general, the large majority of plate glass is not classified as a hazardous waste. To learn more about hazardous waste, please click here.
Where can you go for plate glass disposal
If you are unable to reuse the redundant glass product and require a local disposal, please contact Commercial Recycling and we’d be more than happy to help you.
Our local recycling centres are located in Wimborne, Dorset and Evercreech, Somerset.
Canford Recycling Centre
Southwood Waste Recycling Centre
The process of recycling glass at our Recycling Centres
- First, you’ll want to take your glass to one of our recycling sites. Each site has great access, wide roadways and hard surfaces throughout so can be accessed using either a car, car and trailer, van or lorry.
If you are unable to transport the waste glass yourself, we can arrange for the appropriately sized vehicle or container to be provided to collect the waste for you. Phone 01202 331560 for more information.
2. When your waste glass comes to any of our sites, it will be sorted into the appropriate, separate waste types. For example, we do not ask our window waste tipping clients to remove the glass from the UPVC items they are tipping, as this creates a safer, more user-friendly service.
3. Once the waste is segregated, it is bulk stored onsite in preparation for transportation to one of our specialist partners where it is recycled. Common products created from the waste glass this is successfully recovered and diverted from landfill include; windows, bottles, mirror glass, automotive glass, or it is often recycled back into sand for use as aggregates and water purification.
Contact Commercial Recycling
If you have plate glass that requires disposal, speak to our friendly team at Canford Recycling Centre. With years of experience dealing with safe, legal waste disposals, we’d be more than happy to help you complete yours.
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