Knauf Insulation’s aim to ensure that recycled contents are embedded into the products it manufactures has seen the company strike a long-term partnership with waste specialists Veolia to create a closed-loop system for glass waste.
In 2017, Veolia and Knauf Insulation entered into a 10-year contract to create a state-of-the-art glass cullet processing facility, which would be situated next to Knauf’s manufacturing plant in St Helens, Merseyside.
The new £10m facility, a world first, will dry and refine glass collected and processed by Veolia which is recycled into small glass fragments cleaned to at least 98% purity. The cullet is then fed into a furnace where it is melted and spun into glass mineral wool, which is used by Knauf to produce energy-saving insulation products.
The project will reduce the use of raw materials, lessen energy demand in buildings, cut carbon emissions and limit the amount of materials that are being sent to landfill. The partnership helps Knauf secure its glass supply to ensure that up to 80% of recycled content is used in Glass Mineral Wool product solutions.
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