Ecofriendly and environmentally conscious statements might seem overused today, but their actions continue to be important. Take the example of windshield recycling, which is enormously difficult because of the following:windshields in landfills
Glass takes more than 1 million years to decompose in our landfills. And about 15 million windshields wind up there each year in the U.S. alone.
The use of plastic laminates makes windshield recycling even worse. Individual layers have to be separated before they can be recycled and some elements, such as heating and radio antennas, can’t be placed in glass furnaces for remolding.
Wasted energy and the release of greenhouse gasses into the air when a new windshield is produced are other considerations. The production of one windshield is equal to the energy necessary for conducting 10,000 repairs. Also during the manufacturing process, emissions of combustion by-products (sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides) and high-temperature oxidation of atmospheric nitrogen are released into the air causing additional harm to the environment.
All of the above is why GlasWeld continues to do their part promoting ways to lower carbon footprint. Do yours, by promoting windshield repair instead of replacement whenever possible. GlasWeld certified windshield repair technicians have been trained and certified on the best practices in windshield repair. Learn how you can become a certified windshield repair technician or find a technician to repair your windshield today.
The Boston Globe
Environmental, Health, and Safety Guidelines for Glass Manufacturing, World Bank Group
British Glass, Glass Manufacture: A Mass Balance Study
California Department of Conservation