Safelite AutoGlass® recycled 1.76 million windshields in 2016, according to a company press release.
The most recent total surpassed 2015’s amount, Safelite said.
Windshields are not commonly recycled because they are made from laminated glass, but in 2012, Safelite AutoGlass implemented its windshield recycling program by partnering with Shark Glass Recycling North America, according to the release.
The laminated glass from Safelite’s customers is processed through Shark’s crusher, which separates the glass from the polyvinyl butyral, or PVB. About 90 percent becomes “glass cullet,” which can then be recycled into a number of new products including fiberglass insulation, while about 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.
“We believe our customers appreciate our efforts to recycle their damaged windshields,” said Tom Feeney, Safelite AutoGlass’ president and CEO. “We are proud to have recycled more than 6 million windshields since 2012. We are also proud of the long list of ‘green’ business practices at our company, not just because our customers expect it, but because it’s the right thing to do.”