Glass recycling plant opens in Pennsylvania
After 21 months of effort by the Pennsylvania Recycling
Markets Center (RMC), the RMC has coordinated the launch of a new recycled
glass facility in Pennsylvania. At full production, this 6 million dollar
project will create approximately 25 jobs while using 30,000 tons of
recycled glass per year. Additionally, the advanced processing technology
uses 75% less energy than conventional glass processing equipment.
LCL Industries, Inc., (LCL) located in Schuylkill County, will primarily
use triple mix container glass, the color mixed fraction of clear, brown,
and green glass that is a consequence of many recycling programs, to
manufacture grit abrasives and potable water filtration media.
Critical to the project was financial support furnished by the Pennsylvania
Department of Environmental Protection’s Recycling Markets Infrastructure
Development Grant, awarded in the amount of $500,000 to LCL Industries,
To produce the grit abrasives and water filtration media, LCL will utilize
Krysteline’s glass processing implosion equipment. Krysteline, a European
Company based in Wimborne Dorset, England, has patented a technology
which implodes glass to size-reduce the material rather than traditional
processes that pulverize, mill, or grind the glass.
This technology utilizes principles of implosion to shatter the glass.
Typically, the resulting glass products are more geometrically uniform
than recycled glass products produced from other traditional equipment.
LCL’s keystone product will be expendable blast abrasives. Although many
benefits exist in using recycled, sharp-free glass as a blasting abrasive,
the primary benefits include 25% - 30% reduction in pneumatic blasting
pressure when applying the abrasive material, which significantly reduces
energy consumption during use; recycled glass abrasive does not cause
silicosis as a breathing hazard unlike natural sands; recycled glass
abrasive does not typically contain heavy metals similar to many mineral
slags which are used domestically as blast abrasives.