Toyo System Plant: new machine takes the edge off broken bottles

Glass bottle recycler Toyo System Plant Co. has developed a machine that produces glass pebbles from pieces of broken glass. Because the processed glass is smooth, it can be used for decorative purpos…

Glass bottle recycler Toyo System Plant Co. has developed a machine that produces glass pebbles from pieces of broken glass. Because the processed glass is smooth, it can be used for decorative purposes in construction or in items of glassware. The machine smooths the edges of pieces of cullet using heat in a rotating drum. The smoothed pebbles, which range in size from 3 – 15 mm, are then automatically separated into three groups depending on size. As well as cullet from broken bottles, the machine can process window glass, waste construction materials, autoglass, glass panels from photocopiers and other equipment. The machine, which can process 50kg of glass an hour, is about 5 meters long, 1.6 m wide and 2 m high.