Low cost cellular glass involves a short distance between market, production and recycled glass combined with a confident energy source. The following article explains how the import of cheap bottles is the reason why recycled glass remain in stock instead of being used in Australia.
Nevertheless, Australia is familar with reycling of glass like shown in this link. Even more, glass is considered as ecologic.
- This list of material life times gives 1 million years as life time for glass in sea water while plastic foam (EPS) survives 50 years. The short life time of plastic is a big problem for the health of people, who likes to eat fish.
- Recycling glass fact sheet explains why glass has to be used and how it is recycled within the classical glass industry.
- This document explains focuses on the many times glass can be recycled if not contaminated and how to avoid contamination. It shows also the advantages of recycling for the environment.
- Last but not least repeats the above and mentions that glass is already 2500 years old.
It is clear that a cellular glass plant, converting recycled glass into cellular glass boards and gravel would be the ideal solution to value the recycling efforts of the Australian citizens. Indeed, cellular glass resists the harsh climate of Australia by its high softening point (above 700°C) and all kind of animals, which are halted by cellular glass boards.