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Study targets hospitality industry as glass source

By Rebecca Thyer

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is funding three glass-recycling projects aimed at increasing collections from the hospitality sector.

Valpak, ECT Recycling and the Centre for Environmental Studies in the Hospitality Industry at Oxford Brookes University will undertake the projects with pilot schemes in Westminster, Bristol and Glasgow.

Each aims to develop a better understanding of glass collection economics and practical viability, gathering information on glass quality and quantity, collection economics, direct costs and the willingness of licensees to pay for collection.

The three programmes will focus on specific areas.

Oxford Brookes Universitys three-month Westminster trial starts in August. It aims to collect around 400 tonnes of mixed colour material from 100 premises. Eight glass crushers will be installed to consider their impact, while the practicality of collection from urban premises will also be explored.

ECT and Valpak have already started trials in Bristol and Glasgow, respectively.

ECT will determine the needs of large pub chains. Collection frequency, vehicle capacity and colour separation will be assessed. The trials should yield around 235 tonnes of material.

Valpaks Glasgow trial will focus on collections from nightclubs, pubs and bars and will consider the impact of glass crushers, including the use of crushers front-of-house, as well as behind the bar. The project will also evaluate staff training and assess the possibility of collecting other dry recyclables.

Currently licensed premises dispose of about 600,000 tonnes of glass each year about 27% of annual container arisings. Around 84% of this glass goes to landfill.

WRAP glass sector manager Andy Dawe said: Glass container manufacturers in the UK are crying out for more glass, and new applications for recycled glass such as water filtration media are now coming to market. This research aims to provide solutions to assist licensed premises in urban areas to recycle their glass, which will in turn help to meet this unfulfilled demand.

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