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Posted by: Nancy Phillips on 6/7/04 Title: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1123
I would like to find a source for answers to questions such as: 1. How much glass does the average household generate annually? or 2. what volume of glass is produced by populations, i.e. 5,000? 3. Are there prices for volumes of glass cullet? ARe they comparable to gravel? 4. How are volumes of glass measured? - metric tonnes? pounds? other?

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Posted by: Mike Johnston on 6/8/04 Title: Re: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1124
Many of the questions you ask are subjective in nature. How glass is measured depends on how the buyer wants it. Industrial transaction in glass ae generall measured in truckload quantities, (40,000 lbs+) while nieghbourhood recylerers will buy it by the lb or KG. Pricing is generally stable and is dependent on color, contaminant level, and quantity. It should be noted that most recyclerers will not take glass that is contaminated with CRT's or mirror glass since they are considered hazardous waste. As to generation volumes by household they have been going down since the advent of plastic and are extremely variable by region, country, and culture. The best source for this information would be government and/or industry studies for the region that you are interested in or the closest region that is available.

Mike J.

Posted by: Greg Blanchette on 6/16/04 Title: Re: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1135
I work with the volunteer recycling group in a small town. We take in glass but presently do nothing with it. I'm looking for market options; in particular, for sources for a machine I'm calling a "glass tumbler" -- something that turns out a beach glass type of product.

Have I got the right name for the equipment? Internet searches turn up nothing. And who makes or markets such things?

~Greg

Posted by: Greg Blanchette on 6/16/04 Title: Re: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1136
I work with the volunteer recycling group in a small town. We take in glass but presently do nothing with it. I'm looking for market options; in particular, for sources for a machine I'm calling a "glass tumbler" -- something that turns out a beach glass type of product.

Have I got the right name for the equipment? Internet searches turn up nothing. And who makes or markets such things?

~Greg

Posted by: Suzanne Tomlinson on 7/23/04 Title: Re: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1166
Greg, I'm a mosaic artist in seattle, who was also looking for a glass tumbler with frustrating results. I finally found what I was searching for under "rock tumbler/polishers". These are found in rock shops generally - try these links:

http://www.arrowheadlapidarysupply.com/ http://www.bergsrockshop.com/

If you are still looking for market options for your recycled glass, try contacting the local artists where you live, especially mixed media/mosaic artists. I personally am always searching for inexpensive materials. It's also good to see people helping to recycle, reuse, restore, and conserve. Keep up the good work!

Suzanne Tomlinson Mosaic Studio Northwest mosaicstudio@hotmail.com

Posted by: Peter Broad on 9/12/05 Title: Re: glass recycling
Postnum: 247 EntryID:1465
It depends on quantities. Coloured glass is hard to recycle but I read somewhere that this is mixed with fluorescent paint and resin. Latest New York Building Code requires marking exit ways of buildings over 7 storeys and this is excellent flooring for that use


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