Because of the change in drinking habits from beers to wines, pubs, clubs and restaurants have a huge amount of empty bottles which are costly to dispose of. Not only that, the voluminous nature of bottles means that they take up a lot of space to store prior to disposal. The low material to volume ratio also makes glass an expensive material to dispose of.
A glass crusher can help mitigate some of these problems. By using a glass crusher recycling machine, a hospitality business can reduce the volume of its empty bottles by a ratio of 5:1.
A major problem with disposing of glass in wheelie bins is the noise when these bins are emptied. A hotel guest being woken by the cacophony of glass bottles being tipped into a rear end loading waste lorry at six o’clock in the morning is not going to be very happy. By using a glass crusher during the times that the bar is open won’t have this issue as the glass is already broken down.
The crushed glass is stored in smaller containers because the increased weight. The space savings are considerable. Using a glass crusher can remove the need for five 1100 litre wheelie bins, replaced with two small wheeled bins. This space can be better used for guest or staff parking and stops the risk of customers being confronted with bins full of empty bottles when they arrive at the venue.
Bottle crushers come in several forms. The most common glass crusher is the single feed unit which can fit under the bar or counter area. The bar staff handle the empty bottle just one, feeding it into the crusher and then not having to worry about the glass again until the bottle crusher’s bin is full. This saves considerable staff time at busy periods meaning that guests get served more quickly.
Larger models allow bar bins full of bottles to be tipped directly into the bottle crusher. These tend to be located in the yard or service areas and take the place of wheelie bins which would be used to store whole bottles.
The most sophisticated bottle crushers actually implode rather than crush the glass. These are ideal for higher volume venues which produce large amounts of bottles in a short space of time.The glass produced by a glass imploder is sharp free and safe to handle meaning that it can be used at site in place of aggregates or gravel. Golf clubs and large hotels often use the imploded glass in their grounds as a drainage media.