What happens to a car windscreen when it has been damaged beyond repair? In the past, it may have gone to landfill or rotted in a dingy scrapyard.
But in these increasingly eco-conscious times, it’s comforting to know that they meet a much greener fate after Auto Windscreens announced that in the last 12 months, the company has recycled a staggering 1,246 tonnes of vehicle glass.
This is a significant increase on the 850 tonnes of damaged windscreens and door glass from the preceding 12 months, with glass usually being processed into recycled drinking glasses and bottles.
“Every single bit of glass we remove from our customers’ vehicles is recycled,” explained Bruce Bahlaj, health and safety manager at Auto Windscreens.
“It is vital to prevent unnecessary landfill contributions and is something we feel passionately about.”
Mr Bahlaj added that the company is ever mindful of its corporate social responsibility and this idea of maximising recycling is one of a number of ‘green’ initiatives it has in place.
Auto Windscreens’ policy is to repair rather than replace windscreens where possible to reduce wastage. Additionally, nearly all glass it fits contains some recycled glass.
The company also recently became a carbon neutral business, establishing a carbon reduction plan and offsetting remaining emissions to support CO2 minimising projects around the world.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, added: “Auto Windscreens is pulling off some admirable feats here and we commend the green initiatives they’ve introduced.”