GreenGroup, one of the most important investors in the green industry in Romania, inaugurated in December 2014 the most modern glass waste recycling facility, GreenGlass Recycling, following an investment of 4 million euros. Located near the Capital, within the former Danube industrial platform, GreenGlass Recycling transforms glass waste into glass cullets of very high purity (99%), which are further used in the industrial process of manufacturing new glass products. The facility will have a total processing capacity of 110,000 tons of glass waste annually.
Using glass from sanitation companies, the construction and automotive industries, the HoReCa system, municipal waste sorting stations and authorized collectors, GreenGlass directly contributes to reducing the amount of glass waste that reaches landfills. GreenGlass representatives estimate that the facility can process all glass waste in Bucharest in just 7 days.
”In Romania, the monitored amount of glass placed on the market annually in the form of packaging is about 200,000 tons, to which is added an unmonitored amount of over 300,000 tons of flat glass used in construction, as well as significant amounts of glass from auto industry. We are talking about a material that is increasingly used in various industries, but which has remained on the last place in terms of recycling, although we have strict objectives for managing this type of waste”, said Constantin Damov, GreenGlass Recycling CEO.
The goal of recycling glass packaging waste for Romania as an EU member state is 60% of the quantity placed on the market, starting with 2012. In the first year of operation, GreenGlass representatives estimate that the facility will process over 30,000 tons of glass, followed by an annual increase of 15,000 tonnes, until the maximum capacity is reached.
The facility carries out operations of grinding, heat treatment, magnetic separation of metals, suction of plastic foils and labels, manual sorting and sorting according to granulation, and as final product results glass cullets, with an extremely high level of purity. GreenGlass is the only facility in Romania and Eastern Europe with state-of-the-art sorting plants that can produce 99% purity glass cullets.
Among the most important customers of GreenGlass are the large local manufacturers of glass packaging, flat glass or fiberglass, but the material can also go for export, the demand for recycled glass is growing worldwide.