Yorkshire company Yorwaste is hailing the success of a trial aimed at diverting more waste from landfill and conserving valuable natural resources.
Over the past few weeks, the company has been using a specialist aggregate crusher to crush glass at its Resource Recovery Centre in Seamer Carr, Scarborough.
Around 5,000 tonnes of glass has been crushed, producing a recycled alternative to virgin quarried sand.
The coarse “glass-sand” is produced to quarry industry standards and is suitable for a variety of uses including asphalt, concrete blocks and block paving.
Chris Tomlinson, Yorwaste’s Senior Operations Manager, said: “In 2014 we invested £300,000 in a state-of-the-art glass separation equipment which helped to meet the demand for high quality recycled glass.
“Any of the sorted glass that is over 12mm is sent back for re-melting back into glass but we then had to find different markets for the glass which was under 12mm, to ensure it did not go to landfill.
“Not only does this ensure we are recycling more waste, it also conserves natural resources because the glass can be used as a recycled alternative to virgin quarried sand.”