Safelite Announces New Windshield Recycling Program
Rob Houglum ZIPGlassNetwork.com Monday, April 23, 2012
Safelite Auto Glass voiced, during the weekend, the start of a new wide-scale window recycling program for the company. Safelite expects the program to save 12-15 million tons of material.
Window recycling is a natural progression in our efforts to be an environmentally supportable company, as an element of our company responsibility standards," announces Safelite spokesman Melina Metzger. "We actually commenced negotiating the provisions of our contract with our recycling partner back in September 2010. While we hit some roadblocks initially in implementing the programme, we are thrilled to be moving forward."
Safelite plans to have an expanding roll-out of the programme starting on the East Coast.
"Our Braselton Distributing Center was first to begin the collection process in December 2011," announces Metzger. "So far, we've rolled it out to 42 % of our East Coast marketsbeginning with markets closest to the recycling plant and expanding outward every week."
Safelite will be collecting old windshields and shipping to a recycling plant thru existing freight lanes. Additionally, the company is recycling wooden pallets utilized in glass distribution and using as mulch. The pallet nails are also being caught and sold as a low-end recycled metal.
In holding corporation Belron's July 2011 Company Responsibility Report a goal was set to cut back the amount of glass it sends to landfills to zero by 2015. At the time of the report Belron was recycling 58 percent of windshields it replaced.
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