The Glass Vac environmental solution incorporates a GP3 glass Imploder (the Cube) integrated into a sealed collection container capable of holding between 1 tonne and 4.5 tonne of imploded glass & glass bottles depending on the size of tank required. The cube is emptied via custom made collection system which can evacuate the sealed container in less than ten minutes. The Cube can be accessed via the vacuum system from up to 70 meters, allowing the cube to be sited in difficult inner city locations such as basements.
The storage and collection of glass bottles within the hospitality sector is a highly labour intensive and expensive process. Saving labour, reducing glass collection costs, freeing up space and increasing glass recycling are all priorities for businesses within this sector. Glass collections to date have been dominated by the 'wheelie bin', which has expensive lift fees and a high space and labour requirement. The high energy demands and noise levels of the increasingly frequent glass collection systems is also increasing the carbon footprint effect.
Background to Implosion?
In the mid '90s International Maritime law was changed to prohibit the dumping of glass waste at sea by merchant shipping - a practice that had been routinely taking place for centuries. Soon after this change in legislation, a large cruise liner was photographed illegally dumping waste off the coast of Florida by a US spotter plane. The owners were subsequently fined $1 million, however the judge offered a rebate of $500,000 if the company agreed to implement a total waste management system.
One of the biggest problems for the liner was their glass with up to 3,000 passengers generating on average 5lbs of waste glass per day. The process of glass implosion was invented to solve this problem and was patented worldwide. Imploders became widely adopted by the cruise industry and later NATO warships.
Glass Implosion Explained
Implosion is a mechanically induced high speed process that creates a harmonic resonance that results in the destruction of glass whilst rendering it sharp free. The result is similar to the effect of an opera singer shattering a wine glass when hitting a very high note, except that implosion shatters the glass inward on itself and creates no glass shard or sharp edges offering a complete safe way to haress the process of glass recycling.
Implosion does not grind, mill, hammer or flail the glass like a glass crusher, therefore the high wear typically associated with traditional glass processors is vastly reduced. Implosion produces a range of fraction sizes from approximately 0.2mm up to 16mm. The size range can be varied from smaller or larger fractions. Implosion is tuned to only process glass, therefore non-glass objects such as bottle tops, labels, corks and straws pass through untouched allowing them to be easily screened off.