Uses, inspirations and experiments with New Sand & Glass
EGRC creates some products for sale and is refining New Sand to meet specifications for numerous applications. Below are some uses, inspirations and experiments that are being conducted with New Sand.
What is New Sand? New Sand is what we call the glass once it has been crushed.
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Uses for New Sand & Glass
Play Sand created from clean glass bottles has been graded to a fine smooth texture. The crushing and sifting process rounds the grains to avoid cuts or scratches.
S.S.S.G. is a beautiful media, tumbled and smoothed, made from the heaviest container glass. This media has many applications. While it is ornamental, it is also great at filtrating, insulating, and adding weight to installations.
Glistening and moisture retaining New Sand is aesthetically and functionally appealing.
Inspirations and Experiments
Glass Half Full was EGRC’s inspiration. With a large base of volunteers and major population base, GHF was able to connect to industry and eco-construction and find a use for their sand. Videos bring to life their exuberance and success; check it out!
Ground2Ground Glass is a likeminded organization in Eastern Washington. Previously recyclers of consumer glass, G2G has recently changed directions to spearheading a regional focus on commercial glass reycling in southcentral and southeast Washington. Read more about G2G’s partnership with the national Glass Packaging Institute.
Nancy is repurposing antique and specialty glass that can not be recycled by conventional means into solar garden art. Consider contacting Nancy if you know of estates or auctions that may otherwise trash this old treasure.
Adding 15-20% New Sand to soil has seen great results with seedlings and start's.
Replacing up to 50% raw sand for New Sand can be done and can divert glass waste into a strong concrete mix.
Filtration media for wastewater treatment
Glass sand can replace raw sand in many ways, Chris Lueck is working with his local sanitation experts to test the feasibility of glass sand in treatment systems.
Recycled glass has been experimented with in many applications over the last 30-40 years. For more information, find out how EGRC can help you get your idea off the ground and read the standards and procedures for using recycled glass.