Glass Recycling

We love the sound of breaking glass!

In today's world recycling has become an everyday occurrence. We are all encouraged to do it. Our local councils provide different bins, boxes and bags to help us separate our waste. This is so we all help in the drive for a more sustainable life-style and cut down on the use of raw materials. Glass is one the easiest products to recycle and because of that has become a main staple of the recycling industry. It is one man-made product that can be re-made time and again, without losing any of its properties.

Collected from households or bottle deposits, it is then separated into colours, then crushed or milled. In this state it is called cullet. Then it is put into a furnace and melted. When it is back to its original state it can be shaped into whatever is necessary. The beauty of glass is that it can be recycled continuously.

One of the necessary components for any waste recycling venture is conveyors. Once the glass has been collected and sorted, it needs to be crushed and taken to through to the next step. This is where the conveyor comes in. Conveyors have a wide range of applications, anything from chemical ingredients to food or industrial waste. They are what connect the different parts of the process that take raw material through to finished product. Getting the right conveyor for your operation is important. The aim is to move large or bulk batches through your process at a constant and efficient rate. Each system is especially designed for each particular application in mind. The amount of space available is important and systems can be tailored to size. Inclined or bucket systems may be necessary for limited work areas. For trough or covered belts would be the best bet. The milled or crushed glass has to be contained while moving as a health and safety precaution. Depending on workload, this can be a simple stop/ start manual operation or an automated constant flow or periodic cycle.

There are companies that specialize in installing these product processes. They will design an efficient system for any recycling plant, whether or not it is specifically geared to or to all the other various manufacturing industries. There are many British companies that export to the rest of the world. Among their products are conveyors, screeners, crushers and feeders of various types and sizes.

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