Making a positive impact on the environment
We take damaged glass that would have been landfilled and transform it into useable materials for new products.
Working in partnership with other environmentally focused companies in autoglass replacement, glass manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, automotive distributorships, waste reduction firms, and many others. From these sources we receive damaged laminated and other flat glass that would have ended up in landfills.
Through our Shark Glass Separation technology, we are able to liberate the glass cullet from the PVB interlay. The glass cullet is used by a number of industries, but an important one are fiberglass insulation manufacturers.
It has been estimated that for ever 5 tons of Shark glass cullet used in the manufacturing of fiberglass insulation, 1 ton of GHG emissions are reduced. This is because Shark’s glass cullet can melt at a lower temperature than other natural raw materials which would have needed to be used if not for the glass cullet. Further, reducing the need for these natural raw materials lowers multiple associated mining, transportation and processing costs.
The PVB fractions that are separated from the glass cullet are processed through an advanced method by Shark PVB Processing. The resulting PVB materials are used by various industries, but a main use is as a replacement for PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) in carpet tiles.
What is laminated glass?
Windshields are two sheets of glass with an invisible layer of PVB (Polyvinyl Butyral). The PVB holds the glass together in an accident, but is also what makes it difficult to recycle.
How many windshields get damaged?
It’s estimated that each year, approximately 5% of vehicles have a damaged windshield. In North America we have 300 million vehicles, so that’s 15 million damaged windshields!
What about other laminated glass?
The glass used in large buildings is also laminated. This “building glass” becomes waste due to overruns, renovations, window replacements, or upgrades and yes, we also recycle this glass!