Uni-Blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Installer Support Programme or Service Initiative’ award in the 2023 GGP Installer Awards.
The company, which is the UK’s largest manufacturer of IGUs complete with ScreenLine® integral blind systems, is in the running for the award for the free service it offers to installers and fabricators to help them save money on waste disposal costs, while at the same time raising money to improve the environment.
The service involves Morley Glass collecting the post-consumer glass that installers remove as part of window replacement work, and crushing this at its in-house recycling plant, before sending to Saint-Gobain Glass for the manufacture of new glass.
The service is free to installers and fabricators because the glass cullet produced through the crushing process is a valuable raw material in its own right. In addition, Morley Glass delivery vans are on the road delivering Uni-Blinds® integral blind units to customers across the UK every working day, so they are ideally placed to collect waste glass from installers rather than returning to the Leeds HQ empty.
All the money raised through the production of cullet is placed into a fund called GreenVision which is ringfenced to offer £500 grants to micro-initiatives and individuals whose work will improve the local community, environmentally or socially.
Ian Short, MD of Morley Glass said: “We’re thrilled to be on shortlist for a GGP Installer Award and look forward to the awards ceremony in March. From something that started out as a relatively simple idea to help our business save on waste disposal costs, our glass recycling initiative has grown to become a really popular service that our customers value and communities benefit from.
“We know from what installers are telling us that using our service rather than throwing glass into the general waste skip can save thousands of pounds a year. And thanks to the commitment and shared vision of Saint-Gobain Glass, we are able to support those dedicated to improving their local community too through GreenVision, as well as saving energy and finite resources.”
Since Morley Glass installed its recycling plant in 2020, the company has generated over 1,000 tonnes of cullet. This has reduced the amount of sand needed for glass manufacture by almost 1,000,000kg and cut CO2 emissions by over 340,000kg.
All the companies on the shortlist for the GGP Installer Awards ‘Best Installer Support Programme or Service Initiative’ award have demonstrated how they have had a positive impact on the growth and success of window, door and conservatory installation companies.
The stand-out finalist will be presented with the award at a ceremony taking place on 16th March 2023 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
Find out more about Morley Glass at www.morleyglass.co.uk.