Unlocking the Circular Economy: Glass for Europe Spearheads SUNRISE Project Workshop
Glass for Europe, the leading advocate for the European flat glass industry, recently participated in the inaugural stakeholder workshop of the SUNRISE project. This groundbreaking initiative, backed by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program, aims to revolutionize the recycling of laminated glass and propel it towards a circular economy approach.
Transforming Waste into Valuable Resources
The SUNRISE project focuses on enhancing the collection and treatment of laminated glass, a material that often faces disposal challenges. By implementing advanced sorting technologies, the project seeks to separate glass from polymer interlayers, ultimately maximizing the recyclability of laminated glass. The development of a cutting-edge multi-sensory tool, empowered by an extensive database, is currently underway, offering unprecedented insights into the qualities and composition of laminated glass waste.
Paving the Way for Innovative Recycling Techniques
As the project reaches its halfway mark, significant progress has been made. A mechano-chemical line is being established to enable efficient treatment, while economic assessments and market evaluations explore the potential value of the recycled resource. Through collaborative efforts, the European flat glass industry is actively dedicated to minimizing its environmental impact, aligning with EU policy objectives, and bolstering the continent’s economy.
Championing Sustainability in Glass Manufacturing
Glass for Europe remains at the forefront of shaping policies and executing tangible projects that advance the recyclability and effective recycling of flat glass. By championing sustainable practices, the industry is driving transformative change, reducing its carbon footprint, and contributing to a greener future.
Stay tuned as Glass for Europe continues to spearhead the SUNRISE project, transforming the glass landscape for a more sustainable tomorrow.
Source: Glass for Europe with additional information added by Apazone