By GreenCompany | April 6, 2009
UniglassPlus is a Canadian company that is becoming known for being both socially and environmentally responsible. During the months of April and May UniglassPlus has created a new initiative that will see all the waste windshields being replaced be recycled instead of heading to the local landfill.
April and May are the busiest months of the year for companies who specialize in windshield glass replacements so this comes at a good time. And there are many reasons why more emphasis should be placed on recycling windshields.
In Canada alone over a quarter million windshields are replaced each year. With each windshield weighing on average 20 lbs, this means the landfills are exposed to about 2,300 tonnes of waste automotive glass that could otherwise be reclaimed through recycling. Since silica sand is the main component of glass, it means glass can be recycled endlessly. Besides reducing the need for more raw materials to replace waste windshields, the cullet produced by recycling the glass via crushing and sifting, further reduces the energy needed to produce a new windshield by 25 per cent.
Director of Operations for UniglassPlus Sylvain Gosselin said of their program, “We first want to ensure the viability of such an initiative in ecological terms, by taking into account the life cycle of the process so as to measure the net effect on the environment. If the results are conclusive, we will extend the practice to the entire year.” Gosselin also extended an invitation to others in the same industry to also act in a similar fashion. UniglassPlus is also reviewing current operations in order to develop more environmentally friendly solutions to their work process.
UniglassPlus also works with associations who assist young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 18 with work training and social reintegration. The goal is to help these young people become not only self-reliant but also responsible citizens in their communities. The windshields being prepared for recycling will be handled by these young people.