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Cemex's decision may force change in glass collections

Cemexs decision to stop using recycled glass in its aggregate products might force a change in how post consumer container glass is collected, it has been suggested.

Berryman Glass general manager Mick Keogh said that the move by the cement and concrete manufacturer has re-focused attention on the quality of post consumer raw glass cullet.

He said: I find it encouraging that Cemexs decision might force local authorities and waste companies to look more closely at the way they collect post consumer container glass.

I believe if they pay closer attention to the quality in terms of the size, colour and ceramic or stone content they will give themselves the option of either sending it to the glass container industry for re-melt or to aggregate companies who are still accepting glass. This clearly makes economic as well as environmental sense.

Berryman, which is the UKs largest glass recycling company, has been strongly canvassing of late for sending glass for re-melt rather than aggregate. It has also illustrated the added environmental benefits.

The company drew attention to recent research carried out by Grant Thornton Project Finance in association with Oakdene Hollins which concluded that the most carbon friendly method of recycling glass is to re-melt it into new bottles and jars.

Keogh added: Glass is one of the few materials that retains all its qualities no matter how often it is recycled, so a closed loop system that enables glass to be recycled time and time again should always be favoured against burying it in the ground.

However, there must always be the scope to find alternative uses for any surplus cullet, such as green, and we support a limited use of aggregate.

Cemex, which is a global company aiming to become the most efficient and profitable building solutions company in the world, claimed the decision was made for commercial reasons.

 

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