GlassLand is a recycler of glass. Nothing else. We specialize exclusively in glass collection and re-use.
GlassLand was founded to provide genuine glass recycling in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
We collect waste glass bottles and jars from both businesses and residents. We maintain residential disposal sites and sell advertising on the collection containers. We transport the waste to our glass processing plant where it is transformed back into a form of real sand known as glass-sand.
We make a product branded as GlasSand™ -- in a range of grades and custom meshes suitable for reuse by a variety of industries. Some is sold through distributors to traditional industrial end-users for blasting, bottle-making, fiberglass manufacture, road surfacing and filtering.
But we specialize in direct sale to the recreational market and to the rapidly growing coastal restoration and protection market. Here in Louisiana, the coastal restoration market is being hailed as potentially the largest industrial single end-user of glass-sand in the world.
In short we collect, haul, crush, manufacture and sell recycled glass ( a plentiful "natural resource - once removed” ) to create and enjoy new land. Land made from glass: "GlassLand."
5000 bottles headed to the crushing plant.
Residents bring their glass to a convenient neighborhood disposal container and drop it in. No need to rinse or sort.
Neighborhood containers are picked up regularly and hauled to a local glass processing plant.
40 or more tons of glass are transported to the processing plant each week - about 2000 tons a year. Thats 4 MILLION pounds of glass - around 3,500,000 bottles and jars!
The plant crushes and transforms the bottles into a range of custom graded glass products for resale.
Surrogate sand -- GlasSand(TM) --products are sold to the recreation, coastal protection and coastal restoration industries.
The glass ends up in sandbags, in sandboxes and volleyball courts, in golf course sandtraps, on beaches, as dunes and islands. Only when re-used has it been genuinely RECYCLED!
But there's more.
Bottom Line: the REAL cost of treating glass as garbage, and failing to recycle it, is substantial. More than enough to pay for a world-class model glass recycling and processing program. Several times over.
** EPA figures show that in 2014 - the latest year for which statistics have been published - 38% of glass waste was recycled nationally, and 62% went to the landfills. We estimate that 30% of our annual trash deposit is glass.
* IN NEW ORLEANS TERMS, THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF FILLING UP THE SUPER DOME EVERY 5 WEEKS.
Yes, glass is challenging. It doesn’t fit easily into the trash hauling, materials recovery, one-size-fits-all approach to general recycling. It requires specialized, heavy-duty equipment for transport and modern, efficient processing equipment, in company with unique safety procedures and expertise.
It's a job for GlassLand.
Guy, our Founder, Producer
Tom, our Engineer
Pearl - our processing partner
We have years of education and experience in the following fields and disciplines:
Put simply, we transform old glass bottles and jars into a variety of glass sands suitable to replace naturally formed 4W sands in various products.
Using either 4W sand samples or drawing board property specifications, we will create custom glass products to match customer requirements.