By recycling glass, businesses reap new benefits, which would not occur if the glass was simply binned as whole bottles. Installing a glass crusher or imploder will reduce your glass volumes by 5:1; this saves money, space and time for businesses.
Glass is often disposed of as whole bottles, which on their own are fairly small but considering pubs and restaurants in particular produce multiple bottles each day, the volumes soon stack up and the bins in which they are stored become full in no time. This then requires regular bin empties from a waste management company, who of course charge for every bin which is lifted. It is also important to note that when waste management businesses empty bins, they charge per lift. They may attend a certain business at a designated time each week and find they are emptying one full bin and two half full bins, yet they charge the same amount whatever the bin quantity. You don’t need me to tell you that this is a big waste of money. Bins holding whole glass bottles can be an expensive overhead but it doesn’t have to be this way. By recycling glass, fewer bin collections are needed.
Glass crushers are manufactured in different sizes to suit the needs of all businesses, which produce empty glass. Firstly the smallest glass crusher is designed to fit nicely under the bar area of a pub, restaurant or nightclub. Locating the glass crusher in this area is great for convenience as a bottle can be crushed in seconds without staff having to move very far at all. Without this machine, staff will have to build up a large quantity of whole bottles in a bin near the bar area or even outside, which takes up labour time. Recycling glass in this machine reduces volumes by 5:1 and the crusher takes up to 90 bottles at a time before the tray is full. The tray is then simply emptied into a bin, taking up very little space. By having 90 whole bottles in the bin, the chances are it won’t be far off full capacity.
The larger glass crusher can be located inside or outside, and placed in the most convenient place possible. With this machine, a 140 litre bin can be placed directly inside the glass crusher, so all recycled glass simply shoots straight inside. Approximately 680 crushed bottles can be processed through this glass crusher before the bin needs emptying. This would save money on multiple bin lifts, and so a weekly glass bin collection may turn into a fortnightly collection or even more sporadic than that.
The biggest machine for recycling glass is the imploder, which turns glass into a sharp free, sand like product. This machine also reduces quantities 5:1 and the finished product can either be stored in bins or large sacks. The sharp free glass is an excellent recyclable as it can help create jewellery and it is also a great material for filling road damage and mixing with a resin for roof repairs. Recycling glass in this manner not only saves on the three core subjects: money, space and time but forwarding the imploded glass on, helps other businesses as well.
With the increase in the amount of time it takes for one bin to fill up thanks to recycling glass, other bins may no longer be needed. Many businesses see their two or three glass bins reduced to just one thanks to their glass crusher or imploder. By removing one or two bins, it’s not just money that is saved but space in the waste area as well. By making this area tidier, it makes life easier for staff and creates a better impression on customers who would rather view an empty space over a site clogged up with bins. The best example of a space saving solution is at a hotel in the south east of the UK where they had 12 wheelie bins in use for glass bottles. This took up far too much space but it was easy to see that with a glass crusher this number could easily be reduced. With the small glass crusher installed, bin quantities were cut by a third, saving money and space in particular.
One concern that many have with recycling glass before they decide on a machine is the amount of noise breaking glass will emit. Thankfully all crushers and imploders are soundproofed so there is no need for customers and staff to endure high levels of noise on the premises. Dropping whole bottles into bins and the bin lifts themselves are not soundproofed however so by recycling glass, noise emissions significantly drop.
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