Eco-friendly and environmentally conscious statements might seem overused today, but their actions continue to be important. Take the example of windscreen recycling, which is enormously difficult because of the following:
For example: Glass takes more than 1 million years to decompose in our landfills. And about 15 million windscreens wind up there each year in the U.S. alone. Who knows what’s happening in SA.
The use of plastic laminates makes windscreen recycling even worse. Individual layers have to be separated before they can be recycled and some elements, such as heating and radio antennas, can’t be placed in glass furnaces for remoulding.
Wasted energy and the release of greenhouse gasses into the air when a new windscreen is produced are other considerations. The production of one windscreen is equal to the energy necessary for conducting 10,000 repairs. Also during the manufacturing process, emissions of combustion by-products (sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides) and high-temperature oxidation of atmospheric nitrogen are released into the air causing additional harm to the environment.
All of the above is why Autoscreenz continues to do our part promoting ways to lower carbon footprint. Do yours, by promoting windscreen repair instead of replacement whenever possible. Autoscreenz certified windscreen repair technicians have been trained and certified on the best practices in windscreen repair. Find a technician to repair your windscreen today!