Mike Boyle Talks to USGNN About the Global Glass Conservation Alliance
November 3, 2009
The National Windshield Repair Association (NWRA) announced in September that it had changed its name to the Global Glass Conservation Alliance (GGCA) and its scope, to include repair, reuse and recycling of all float glass (CLICK HERE for related story). USGNN.com recently sat down with GGCA president Mike Boyle to get the inside scoop on the new association.
Q: GGCA started out as the NWRA. Are there any big differences in repairing/recycling architectural flat glass as compared to automotive glass?
A: In the architectural arena it becomes a lot more diverse, because you initially have problems in production and manufacturing where glass gets scratched during the production cycle, then it can get damaged during delivery and installation. That happens quite a bitand then you have all the other issues, from atmospheric damage of glass to vandalism to a variety of other things that happen to architectural glass that obviously arent as prevalent on automotive.
Q: Why should glass architectural glass companies get involved with GGCA?
A: Were trying to attract people who, number one, have a sustainable business model in their head. Understanding that as the economy has changed there are a lot of people out there that would prefer to keep existing glass in place as opposed to replacing it. What were trying to do is gather like-minded people all the way from a windshield repair person up through someone who hangs window film or [applies] glass coatings
those types of people. I think we can create a conduit of people that can help businesses and individuals that need restoration of glass. It will be a great place for people to come and find people that specialize in not just replacement but restoration. Were also looking to entice manufacturers of glass; obviously a manufacturer will deliver thousands of square feet of glass and if its damaged they need a resource that can deal with a project that large
Q: Can you discuss a bit what is meant by reuse of glass as opposed to recycling?
A: Re-use means finding new uses for glass, it does not mean using the glass again. Theres so much waste in glass out there, and in some cases obviously restoration isnt even an option. But what were now looking into as an organization is helping companies that have technologies for recycling. Were not an organization thats against the replacement of glasswe just want to make sure that when glass is replaced that it doesnt end up in a landfill somewhere. The options for restoration are plenty. Right now the options for recycling [float glass] are not that large. But there is some technology out there that if we could get enough effort behind it, that technology could be placed in landfills or other municipality areas that would allow for the recycling of that glass. That glass can come back as several different components, all the way from playground sand to an aggregate for drainage to even to a decorative glass thats used in landscaping.
CLICK HERE for more information about the Global Glass Conservation Alliance - or look for the November 2009 USGlass for the full interview.
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