Australia: glass recycling plant passes milestone

A glass recycling plant at Chullora, near Sydney, Australia celebrated a significant milestone in early September 2008 when it processed its 5,000th tonne of glass fragments.
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A glass recycling plant at Chullora, near Sydney, Australia celebrated a significant milestone in early September 2008 when it processed its 5,000th tonne of glass fragments. WSN Environmental Solutions and its joint-venture partner, Australian Glass Technologies, process broken glass from council collections and turn the material into market-ready glass granules. The plant opened in January 2008 with a specific purpose: process the tonnes of glass fragments that were previously too small to recycle, being less than 25mm in size. WSN Environmental Solutions CEO Ken Kanofski said the plant was a bonus for both the environmental and manufacturing sectors. “Not only is this process keeping glass out of landfill, it offers a new solution for manufacturers of bricks, tiles and pavers who can use the glass as a high-quality additive in their products,” Mr Kanofski said. “The glass granules can also be marketed to makers of fiberglass insulation and are currently being trialled as a water filtration medium”. As well as building materials, the recycled glass can also be used as an abrasive in sand blasting, while coloured pieces of glass can be used as decorative features in pot plants. AGT director Mark McLeod said tonnages would increase even further with plans to install a second processing line in December 2008. “We look forward to ramping up the operations even further this year and working with WSN to open up even more new markets in NSW,” he said.