Safelite AutoGlass reports it has recycled more than 1.3 million windshields in 2014. In 2012, Safelite AutoGlass partnered with Shark Glass Recycling North America to launch the recycling program.
With Shark’s technology, the laminated glass from Safelite’s customers is processed through a crusher, which separates the glass from PVB. Approximately 90 percent becomes “glass cullet,” which can then be recycled into a number of new products including fiberglass insulation, while approximately 7 percent becomes PVB scrap, which is reprocessed into pellets and recycled into a number of new products, such as carpet backing, paint and primer, and other plastic products, according to officials.
Safelite currently has 70 percent of its branches returning damaged windshields.
“We believe our customers appreciate our efforts to recycle their damaged windshields,” says Tom Feeney, Safelite’s president and CEO. “We are proud to have recycled 2.7 million windshields since 2012.”