Uni-Blinds integral blind manufacturer Morley Glass is celebrating saving over 1,000 tonnes of post-consumer glass from landfill in the two years since it launched its recycling scheme, as well as raising over £60,000 for environmental and community projects around its West Yorkshire home.
In 2020, the company invested in reducing its process waste and providing a post-consumer glass recycling service to installers by commissioning machinery that could crush waste glass into cullet for the manufacturer of new glass.
Data from the scheme, run in conjunction with international glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass, shows that in two years, the cullet produced by Morley has saved around 325,000kg of CO2 as well as over 920,000kg of sand. In total, the energy saving to Saint-Gobain Glass is calculated at 541 ‘energy years’ – that is the energy used by an average UK household in 12 months.
All the money raised by the sale of the recycled glass cullet to Saint-Gobain Glass goes into the GreenVision fund set up by Morley Glass.
This offers £500 one-off grants to charities, individuals and community groups in West Yorkshire and dedicated to providing environmental or social improvements in their local area
Ian Short, Managing Director of Morley Glass said: “What started out as a simple business improvement idea has snowballed into an initiative that is delivering far-reaching benefits at a time when environmental and social sustainability have become priorities. We are thrilled to reach our 1,000 tonne milestone in just two years, which clearly demonstrates how popular the recycling service is with our customers who can save money on waste disposal costs too.
“And of course, the more waste glass we are able to collect and process, the more support we can provide through GreenVision to local people and groups who are giving up their time to improve their local environment or deliver social benefits. Applying for a grant is quick and easy, so if this is you, please go to our website and submit a GreenVision application today!”