This virtual seminar is the opportunity to learn all you need to know about recycling from the best experts in the glass industry.
Bob Lipetz and Oscar Verheijen will be the hosts of the day and will open the virtual seminar with a word of welcome.
Session 1: Drivers of the use of post-consumer glass in glass manufacturing
Drivers for the Use of Post-Consumer Glass in Glass Manufacturing
Recycling post-consumer glass has advantages in saving landfill space while reducing energy consumption and emissions from melting. Technical and government drivers combine in efforts to increase the amounts of recycled post-consumer glass. The levels of recycling vary based on these drivers. An understanding of the impacts of the wide range of drivers can help recyclers, manufacturers, trade associations, and government policy developers to put the most effective drivers in place in specific locations.
Session 2: What are the barriers to cullet supply and quality?
Glass is a perfect material for recycling: inert, high density, easy to store and to transport. Its incorporation in the glass production reduces the CO2 emissions, the energy and raw materials consumptions. Fulfilling the severe criteria of glass producers starting from post-consumer collected glass Is a daily challenge for the glass recyclers. Today, 78% of the European packaging is recycled. This presentation explains how it is possible, the challenges for the future and how to initiate similar performances in the world and also in the recycling of flat glass.
Recycling cullet in the float glass process provides an environmental and economic benefit. Energy usage is reduced by about 2-3% for every 10% increase in cullet. Emissions of Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide are decreased by using cullet. In addition, it can have an increase in the furnace life due to the reduction of carry over and furnace temperature.
In 2019 glass collection and recycling was a under a lot of scrutiny and the industry was busy debunking many myths. Three years on, after having navigated a worldwide pandemic, increasing calls for legislative action in the form of deposit return schemes, extended producer responsibility and/or minimum recycled content requirements and increased demand from customers, what does the landscape and future look like in 2022?
Keith Singer from Owens Corning will discuss supply chain, glass formulation, and sustainability challenges that are being addressed in order to increase the amount of recycled content in their products and achieve zero waste to landfill from their manufacturing facilities.
Aiming to transition to a competitive and resource-efficient circular economy model, the Turkish Glass Industry has been supporting with to strengthen the glass recycling infrastructure and investing in the future through efforts for increasing awareness and recycling practices. In the 100% recycled glassware production, 38% reduction in CO2 emissions was achieved, as well as energy saving of 31%.
Session 3: Solutions for increased cullet use
The collection of glass packaging in Norway started in the 80’s. Despite the geographical conditions and long distances in Norway, the collection system of glass bottles has had an unique development and is now one of the world's most successful collecting systems. The collaboration between private producers and public waste management, and the use of environmental taxes has contributed to the success of the system.
Sylvain Hourquebie will present the state-of-the-art processing technologies to remove contaminations, glass ceramics, CSP, etc. from recycling cullet and how mixed cullet can be sorted into 4 different colors (flint, green, amber and dead-leaf). New technologies to separate low iron cullet and lead-containing cullet will also be discussed.
Bob Lipetz and Oscar Verheijen, the hosts of the day, will conclude the virtual seminar with a few remarks.
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