Saint-Gobain Launches Glass Circular Economy Program in California, Recycles Windshield Glass for Insulation Production

Saint-Gobain North America, through its automotive glass subsidiary Saint-Gobain Sekurit and its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Insulation, has begun a recycling program at two locations in California, where windshield glass scraps are recycled and reused in the production of insulation.

In collaboration with recycling leader Shark Solutions, waste automotive windshield glass from Saint-Gobain Sekurit’s facility in Garden Grove, Calif., is recycled, with the resulting glass cullet sent to CertainTeed Insulation’s facility in Chowchilla, Calif., to be used as a key ingredient in the production of fiberglass insulation.

Described by Saint-Gobain as “ambitious,” the project launched earlier this year as the company continues to roll out its global “Grow and Impact” strategy. That strategy includes reducing waste and increasing the circularity of raw materials in its production processes, allowing Saint-Gobain to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2050.

“As we work to make the world a better home, it is important that we all think outside the box and develop innovative approaches to achieve our sustainability goals,” says Mark Rayfield, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed. “I congratulate our facilities in Garden Grove and Chowchilla, California for creating a true, first-of-its-kind circular economy program that will be a model for others and will ensure the glass we use in our production is recycled and reused within our company, reducing our environmental footprint.”

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