For the glass industry, the use and availability of cullet (recyclable broken glass) is very important. The recycling of flat glass reduces a potential waste disposal problem, and the use of cullet as a raw material in float glass manufacture helps reduce energy costs. Consequently, we are actively researching additional ways of using more cullet in order to minimise the overall environmental impact of our activities.
Currently the main issue of recycling automotive glass in Europe, however, is the removal of glass from vehicles. The end of life vehicle directive set standards for the amount of material in vehicles, which must be re-used or recycled.
Pilkington Automotive is working to comply with this directive. But some automotive glass has limitations in terms at the recycling. This is due to additional features, such as heating elements, coatings, adhesives, or metal clips that are added to glass.