Gulf Glass to focus on sustainability goals for glass

GGLGulf Glass exhibition in 2015. (Image source: Gulf Glass)Gulf Glass 2017, which is going to be held at Dubai World Trade Centre from 25-27 September 2017, is expecting to gather more than 140 stakeholders, with focus on glass recycling technology and other glass processing and finishing solutions

The event will also focus on finished products, glass machinery, measurement, glass testing and control technology, tools, replacements and spare parts as well as auxiliary equipment and fitting.

Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa, Gulf Glass 2017 will showcase PEL Bottle Crushers, which is the world’s first national closed-loop glass bottle recycling programme. Technical Supplies and Services Co (TSSC), the Dubai-based marketing arm of Orwell International, which is the strategic partner and sole distributor of PEL, will showcase PEL Bottle Crushers.

“Glass is a major packaging material and it takes one million years for a glass bottle to decompose in the environment. It is estimated that 156mn empty glass bottles or 39,000 tonnes enter the UAE waste stream every year. Since the majority of these glass bottle wastes come from the major four and five-star hotels, imagine the environmental benefits if only 25 per cent of this glass waste were used as feedstock to manufacture new glass containers,” stated Erickson Daiz, brand manager of Technical Supplies and Services Co. LLC (TSSC).

Daiz further added, “For hotels and restaurants, the reduction of the empty glass bottles to cullets is a simple in-house labour-saving, self-financing exercise, which creates added value and transforms the empty glass bottles into a valuable saleable commodity.”

Glass bottles, which are largely used by hotels and restaurants for food and beverages, are 100 per cent recyclable. “With the use of cullets in glass manufacturing, water pollution is reduced by 50 per cent, greenhouse gases are cut down by 24.8 per cent, while re-melting glass cullets consume 40 per cent less energy and save 300kg of CO2, compared to manufacturing glass from raw materials,” said the organiser.

The event will be sponsored by Mountain Glass, Tecpro and Forel as gold sponsors, in addition to Glass Source as the exclusive glass solutions sponsor.

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