Glass – Virtual Quarry

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.

iQR virtual quarry Wyong

iQ Renew’s Virtual Quarry innovation is creating a truly circular solution for glass, as local solutions for glass collected kerbside are desperately needed.

By crushing glass into a recycled sand product, iQ Renew is providing new and more sustainable products for construction and civil works.

To date, iQ Renew’s has crushed 65,000 tonnes of recovered glass for re-use.

This increasing demand led iQ Renew to build a glass wash and crush facility, the iQ Renew Virtual Quarry, the first of its type in Australia.

When fully commissioned, the facility 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.

Washed recovered glass sand