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Consultation aims to rid recycled flat glass of its "waste" tag

A three-month consultation aiming to rid recyclable flat glass of its waste tag has been announced by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Proposals, which are part of the Waste Protocols project, want to make it easier to recycle the 6.6 million domestic windows replaced each year into filtration products as well as new windows. The Protocol would reduce the number of permits required for waste flat glass processors at the moment. Processed flat glass cullet can be turned into a number of products such as flux used in brick manufacture, various filtration products, as well as a material for golf courses and other sport pitches and as an aggregate substitute used in building materials. WRAP director of market development for retail and organics Richard Swannell said: Glass is a valuable material used by many different industries, and the flat glass industry has grown at a rate of 5% over the last 20 years, making it the second largest sector in the UK glass manufacturing industry. The launch of the consultation is good news for the businesses operating in or with the flat glass market and we are keen to hear their comments and feedback on the proposals. If agreed, we believe the Quality Protocol will help increase business activity in the flat glass recycling market while also reducing the amount of waste flat glass that would normally end up in landfills. EA head of external programmes Martin Brocklehurst said: We create over 700,000 tonnes of waste flat glass each year. Currently, only about 200,000 tonnes of this is recycled. This consultation on a Quality Protocol for processed cullet from waste flat glass, proposes creating new business opportunities for companies that market and sell-on processed flat glass. By allowing them to get rid of the waste tag, their products will be more attractive to buyers.

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