UniglassPlus gives the environment a boost



    Starting April 1, the windshield replacement expert will recycle
    automotive glass

    MONTREAL, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - UniglassPlus is happy to be a leader in
environmentally responsible innovation. From April 1 to May 31, UniglassPlus
will ensure that all windshields replaced during that period go into the
recycling bins distributed to dealers rather than into landfills-a "first" in
greening the automotive sector.
    The initiative reflects UniglassPlus's desire to help protect the
environment. In this respect, spring is a good season for recovering
automotive glass. April and May are in fact the months when the dealer network
replaces the most windshields.
    "We first want to ensure the viability of such an initiative in
ecological terms, by taking into account the life cycle of the process so as
to measure the net effect on the environment," stated Sylvain Gosselin,
Director of Operations. "If the results are conclusive, we will extend the
practice to the entire year," he added. Sylvain Gosselin also invited other
industry players to do their part. UniglassPlus has often been the leader in
the industry and plans to develop other environmentally appropriate solutions
for the company's various products.
    "When it comes to protecting the environment, every action counts" said
Danièle Courchesne, who acts as an environmental consultant for UniglassPlus.
"I'm convinced that even a business in the automotive sector can do its
part-just look at the hybrid and electric cars we are starting to see on the
road."

    Forever recyclable

    Every year some 250,000 windshields are replaced in Canada. A windshield
weighs 20 pounds on average, meaning that some 2,300 tonnes of automotive
glass could be reintroduced into the consumption cycle and thus avoid
landfills.
    Glass is 70% silica sand and as such can be recycled endlessly. After it
is recovered, it is crushed in grinders and the cullet obtained is sifted to
eliminate impurities. It is then remelted with a specific amount of raw
materials. The result is a glass paste, ready to be processed.
    Using this cullet reduces the energy needed to produce glass by about
25%. Recycling glass also reduces pressure on resources by reducing the amount
of raw materials required.
    UniglassPlus is proud to work with associations that help young people
aged 15 to 18 with social reintegration by offering them training that will
help them to become self-reliant, responsible citizens. The young people
participating in the UniglassPlus program will be preparing windshields for
recycling.

    About UniglassPlus

    UniglassPlus, an affiliated company of VitroPlus which was founded in
1977, is a pan-Canadian company in automotive glass, electronics, detailing
and protection, and accessories. Across Canada, 102 dealers operate under the
UniglassPlus and VitroPlus banners.
    UniglassPlus aims to provide consumers with the best solutions for their
motor vehicles in the areas of prevention and protection using innovative
concepts and offering high quality products and services for customer comfort
and security.




For further information:

For further information: Martine Provençal, Martine Meilleur
Communication, (514) 255-8564; Source: UniglassPlus

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