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Grant of £40,000 helps window glass recycler improve rates

To boost window glass recycling in Yorkshire, a grant of almost £40,000 has been given to local flat glass recycler GB Cullet by Recycling Action Yorkshire (RAY). The cash will allow GB Cullet to increase collection of window glass and improve the quality of the glass sent for recycling. It will now buy a collection wagon, trailer and skips. Quality issues had previously reduced the amount of glass the company could collect and process for reuse by the glazing industry. So a lot of cullet was used as aggregate. This investment will mean that at least 1,500 tonnes of cullet per year will be reclaimed and reused to make flat glass. RAY glass project manager Ben Stone said: RAY has been working hard to increase the levels of recycling for flat glass and glazing waste. It is estimated that 30,000 tonnes of glazing waste is generated in Yorkshire and Humber alone, with 190,000 tonnes nationwide. Although this also includes the wood, plastic and metal frames, there is a significant tonnage of the glass itself which is being sent to landfill. The region will see a sizeable decrease in its carbon footprint by improving the recycling rates for both the glass and associated waste. RAY is also supporting the development of a relationship between GB Cullet and Creation Recycling, which will allow GB Cullet to diversify and offer a holistic recycling service, collecting glazing waste to be broken down by Creation Recycling and the material components sent for recycling. Caption: Left Gary Hopkins GB Cullet managing director and RAY glass project manager Ben Stone

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