Global Recycling Day - Taking responsibility for our environment

On Global Recycling Day, we would like to share how we embedded recycling as a fundamental pillar of the culture within National Windscreens. We train the team on the importance of sustainable processes which generates a personal investment in repurposing the materials removed from vehicles.

Craig Gibson, ESG manager, comments: “Reducing landfill and conserving the resources of the planet will continue to be at the top of the National Windscreens agenda. With the commitment to SBTi (science-based target initiatives), Plan Vivo and Worldfavor; we will continue to explore innovative methods of recycling to address the issue of climate change.

“As a leading provider of windscreen repair and replacement services in the UK, we recognise our responsibility to recycle and promote sustainable practices in the automotive industry. The quantities of glass that we recycle are significant, with over 3300 tonnes collected by our recycling partners annually. This is equivalent to 226,000 average sized car windscreens recycled every year.

National Windscreens on Global Recycling Day

“We take great care in ensuring the removed materials are made available to be made into other products. Glass is made from soda ash, sand and limestone, all of which are non-renewable resources on our planet, and can be recycled into other products including bottles and jars.

“We also are always looking at new ways to recycle. Soon we will have the opportunity to recycle the polyvinyl butyral (PVB) which is used to laminate and strengthen the windscreens. PVB can be turned into floor mats amongst other items. Our glass recycling partners are beginning the construction of a new PVB recycling plant, which could be operational by the end of Q3 this year,” concluded Craig.

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognise and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving the planets primary resources and securing our future. Automotive glazing has a key role in reducing the environmental impact and saving costs for customers.