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Recycled glass challenge boosted by publication

Desperate attempts to find alternative markets for recycled glass were boosted this week by the publication of a quality standard for the material.

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) launched Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 102 for processed glass for use in secondary applications.

This aims to help all sections of the glass recycling industry by giving organisations clear guidelines and quality guarantees.

Glass-packaging producers have become increasingly worried about trying to hit a 71% recovery target in 2008 under packaging regulations.

Far more green glass is collected than can be used in the UK to make new containers, which are predominately clear, so alternative markets must be found.

WRAP hopes PAS 102 will help promote the use of recycled green and mixed glass in ceramic production, brick manufacture, water filtration and sports turf.

Materials project officer for glass Jacks Guinness said: The container industry cannot consume all the available recycled container glass, so it was important to develop PAS 102 for secondary end-markets.

We hope the new specification will encourage further development of those innovative end-markets.

PAS 102 gives both reprocessors and end-users of recycled glass in those secondary markets the information they need to develop solutions for their individual applications.

It is our hope that PAS 102 will encourage industry to look to recycled glass for a practical alternative material.

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