the collection of single-use glass to the delivery to the O-I
Group (formerly called BSN) furnaces which make bottles out of
is in charge of the whole post-consumer glass treatment process,
monitoring every processing stage and checking carefully
for quality, even beyond the Group’s specifications.
communities are in charge of managing consumer waste. 3,26 or
4,31 cu yard bottle banks are set up in urban areas.
containers are rather used to collect waste in blocks of flats.
The latest “Grenelle de l’Environnement” (a
series of political meetings that took place in France in October 2007, aimed at
taking long-term decisions about how to protect the environment
and to promote Sustainable Development. French Government
representatives, trade associations and NGOs took part in those
meetings) decided that 75% of post-consumer packaging waste
should be recycled in 2012. This target is both ambitious but
attainable. The help and skills of Adelphe and Eco-Emballages,
two French organizations recognized by the authorities, the
French authorities themselves who give their financial support
to local communities, the regional councils and the heads of the
glass industry who also contribute to the “glass taking-back
bond” (la garantie de reprise du verre) should make this
manual to laser technology contaminants removal
container glass must be processed after being collected from
private households. Collected glass is first transported to
IPAQ’s stocking areas. It then undergoes different processing
stages: manual removal of large contaminants, crushing, metal
separator and removal of non-magnetic metals by the eddy current
machine (static current). Nevertheless, the removal of infusible
contaminants such as CSP (Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone) and
vitroceramics (an infusible type of glass heating and cooking
elements are made of)
was a major difficulty. Laser technology machines solved the
problem. Stoneware separators locate the contaminants impervious
to X-rays, whereas machines equipped with HRUV spectrometers
locate vitroceramic fragments.
Thus, recycled glass represents a noble “ready to use” raw
material that is supplied to glass furnaces.
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