Safelite AutoGlass begins national recycling program
12 to 15 million tons saved from landfills
Safelite AutoGlass has begun rolling out a wide-scale windshield recycling program, which expects to result in saving roughly 12 to 15 million tons of material going to landfills every year.
Windshields have not been recycled widely in the past because it is difficult to separate the glass and inner polyvinyl butyral (PBV) plastic layers, but more recycling plants have been developed to make the process more practical. The recycled glass and PVB materials are repurposed for U.S.-manufactured goods, including fiberglass insulation, paint and primer, solar cells, carpet backing and plastic products.
Safelite AutoGlass began rolling out the program in markets near its selected recycling plant partner at the beginning of 2011 with the implementation in the east coast expected be complete by the end of May. It will then be expanded and rolled out to the west coast.
The logistics of collecting the old windshields and shipping to the recycling plant were designed to be carbon neutral, using existing freight lanes within the supply chain.
Safelite AutoGlass is committed to its environmental sustainability policy. Currently, Safelite recycles other types of vehicle glass at its manufacturing plant in Enfield, North Carolina. In 2011, more than 5 million tons of glass was recycled out of that location alone.