Auto Windscreens has estimated that between January and June this year it recycled enough damaged glass to assist in the production of 11.6m drinks bottles.
The windscreen repair and replacement company recycled over 775 tonnes of waste glass from damaged vehicles in the first half of 2013, and is already close to eclipsing the 966 tonnes recycled throughout the entirety of 2012.
The damaged glass, known as cullet, ends up representing around 10-15 percent of an average glass bottle, and can be reused numerous times depending on the quality and clarity of the material.
Vanessa Jones – “As an industry we are responsible for what happens next to damaged glass removed from our customers’ vehicles and, in the case of Auto Windscreens, we recycle 100 percent of it”
Auto Windscreens’ health and safety manager, Vanessa Jones, said: “As an industry we are responsible for what happens next to damaged glass removed from our customers’ vehicles and, in the case of Auto Windscreens, we recycle 100 percent of it.
“It is truly amazing to think all that unwanted glass has been used to help make millions of bottles. I like the thought that I could be drinking from a bottle that is made partly of a windscreen once belonging to perhaps a Porsche 911, or even a Lamborghini Gallardo!”
Auto Windscreens says that it expects to recycle as much as 1,500 tonnes of glass during 2013.