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What happens to damaged windscreens?

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What happens to damaged windscreens?

At PG Glass we are environmentally friendly, that is why we recycle our own windscreens.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, it takes a million years for glass to degrade. The fact that your windscreen, drinking glass or light bulb will outlive you and your great-grandchildren is a scary thought and a cause for concern. To make matters worse, the real problem is glass production. Glass is made by melting sand at a temperature of 1 700°C. The fuel burned during this process leads to large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide is one of the largest contributors to the current climate change disaster. We’ve seen this in the form of last year’s heatwave in Japan which led to the hospitalisation of approximately 35 000 people and in Hurricanes Florence and Michael that laid waste to large swathes of Florida and the Carolinas in the US, respectively. The UN Environment Programme stated that even if countries meet their unconditional climate pledges, the planet’s temperatures will still increase by 3.2°C before the end of the century resulting in more natural disasters from climate changes. With this in mind, does it not make sense to ramp up efforts to reduce our carbon footprint?

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Southern Africa-based float and patterned glass manufacturer PFG Building Glass, a division of PG Group, launched a windscreen recovery and reclamation programme in 2006 in order to drastically reduce their carbon footprint. Since the launch of the programme over 2,4 million windscreens have been recycled prompting PFG to expand its windscreen recovery and reclamation facility in Springs, on the East Rand of Johannesburg.

PFG Building Glass collects damaged windscreens from various glass manufacturing plants, PG Glass Fitment Centers, repair and replacement operations across the country. The windscreens are then transported to PFG’s facility in Springs for recycling. This is all in an effort to help reduce the carbon emissions of manufacturing a new windscreen. The ability to recycle automotive glass may still be a fairly new endeavor, but the opportunity exists and continues to grow.

Recycling glass from windscreens is not all that hard, and it is a good initiative for our environment. About 50 000 South Africans earn a living by collecting and selling glass to recycling centers. According to The Glass Recycling Company, over 220 000 tons of carbon emissions were prevented from being released into the atmosphere last year through glass recycling.

At PG we believe in saving our planet with projects like the windscreen recycling initiative that aim to drastically reduce our carbon footprint. It is our wish to do more for our precious planet in order for future generations to continue to enjoy the beauty of our planet and all it has to offer.

Words Courtesy of PG Glass

Photography Mike Bird, Rodolfo Clix and Sharon McCutcheon

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