imageUsing recycled cullet has a directly positive effect on the environment and the reduction of manufacturing energy; but collecting it efficiently is a significant challenge.


For this reason, in 2001 Saint-Gobain Glass UK created an innovative cullet return scheme, enabling the utilisation of over 30% recycled material in the manufacture of float glass - more than any other float glass producer. This

was the first such scheme offered by a flat glass manufacturer.


So far the scheme has allowed SGGUK to reduce its energy consumption by

8%, its raw material consumption by 25% and its CO2 emissions by 10%.

The scheme is designed to ensure the supplier makes money on their waste

glass and can strengthen their green credentials at the same time.



 The scheme recycles in excess of 40,000 tonnes annually, which has led to a  reduction of NOX emissions and raw material usage. Additionally, the scheme has  helped to divert thousands of tonnes of waste glass from landfill sites. Prior to  2005, only float glass could be recycled; now coated and mirrored glass can also be  included, representing a major breakthrough for the environment and SGGUK.


 The process is simple; customers and non-customers of Saint-Gobain Glass fill  reusable bags with their cullet (including non-Saint-Gobain glass) and return it to      site on empty stillages. By returning cullet using an inloader already on the road                                       has eliminated of over 1 million haulage miles from UK roads.


For further details, download a brochure, speak to you Regional Sales Manager or contact SGGUK.