Vineyards, wineries, and beverage companies across the globe use a voluminous amount of glass bottles every year, which results in huge glass waste that cannot be efficiently handled by conventional waste disposal methods. However, thanks to the recent breakthrough piece of equipment; this is no longer expected to be a problem.
While New Zealand has a pretty impressive rate of recycling a wide range of materials, DB Breweries based in the country recently introduced an absolutely revolutionary technology particularly for the recycling of glass bottles, jars, and other packaging formats – the sand bottle crusher. This technology is being perceived as the solution to all waste woes arising from the disposal of the glass bottle waste.
Glass constitutes a sizable portion of the packaging waste and although packaging waste recycling has been here for decades, only a few recycling techniques complement the new age demand for sustainability. This is where the new sand bottle crusher wins the game!
Superior time efficiency over natural glass bottle recycling process
While on one hand, glass bottles normally take a million years to decompose naturally, by using the sand bottle crusher, the bottles are pulverized to tiny sand particles that can even pass through a fine mesh screen. This process is so efficient that it reduces the volume of the glass waste by approximately 90%. In addition, the glass sand is also modified to become safe to touch, so there is no fear of cuts through direct handling of the glass sand. The sand bottle crusher also offers a safe and quiet alternative to conventional glass recycling that can rapidly reduce a glass bottle to sand in a matter of just 3-5 seconds creating up to 500 kilograms of raw glass sand per hour. It does not require specialized power supply mechanisms either.
The resultant sand finds wide applicability
The glass sand resulting from the sand bottle crusher can be used in a number of practical applications. For instance, the sand can be used as a part of road construction and repair materials, soil loosening agents for agriculture, sandblasting processes, filters for artificial and natural pools, and also to be mixed with emulsifier compounds. The sand bottle crusher is also gaining popularity owing to a significant reduction in large-scale recycling costs and waste management costs, lessened costs for human labor and also a massive reduction in storage space requirements for waste glass bottles.
In addition, the glass sand crusher plays an environment-friendly role by providing an effective substitute for sand for beaches that are undergoing retreating in recent times, owing to the exhaustive demand for sand in construction activities around the world. Although the glass sand is not a complete solution to the problem, it has been lauded widely for its innovative and practical application. Also, unlike traditional glass recycling machines, variations of the sand bottle crusher requires very less space to operate, which make it ideal to also be installed in hospitality establishments such as bars, hotels, clubs, and restaurants.
Currently, a mere 20-30% of the total glass products used in packaging sector is sourced from recycled glass material. A Nebraska-based business – Glacial Tills has already started using this sand bottle crusher for recycling volumes of their wine and cider bottles. Another UK-based company, Bottle Glass to Sand (BGTS), looks forward to pioneer the revolution of glass bottle recycling particularly in the hospitality sector with this innovative technology. With innovations such as this sand bottle crusher technology, it is most likely that the packaging industry’s consumption of recycled glass material will witness a dramatic rise in the near future.
Deep-dive insights on the packaging waste recycling market can be availed through the Future Market Insight’s ongoing study.