Glass Innovation

Glass recycling is currently in crisis. Cheap imported glass alongside the closure of local recycled glass plants has resulted in large stockpiles of glass in Australia.

iQ Renew’s Virtual Quarry innovation has created a range of recycling solutions for glass, as local solutions for glass collected kerbside are desperately needed.

By crushing and washing glass into a clean recycled sand product, iQ Renew is providing new and sustainable products for a wide range of applications.

iQ Renew Virtual Quarry, the largest of its kind in Australia, when fully commissioned will be crushing 110,000 tonnes of recovered glass per annum, making it capable of processing 25% of the recovered glass in NSW.

The recovered glass sand is now washed and free of all contamination – a direct substitute for natural sand from 100% recycled products, not natural resources.

Contaminated glass from MRF transformed into clean recycled glass sand


Civil Sand (2-5mm)

iQ Renew’s recycled glass sand being used in road trials by Lake Macquarie Council

Asphalt (<2mm)

Concrete (<2mm)

Water Filtration (<2mm)

Sand Blasting Abrasives (<2mm)

Soil Enhancement (40 micron)

Glass tiles

Recycled glass from iQ Renew’s Virtual Quarry used alongside recycled coffee cups in tiles with UNSW SMaRT Microfactory