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Local company recycles windshields

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 07:07 AM

Safelite AutoGlass in Barboursville has launched a new initiative to benefit the environment.

The company, located near Billy Bob’s Wonderland off U.S. 60, has begun recycling windshields, a process that has been difficult in the past because of the makeup of a windshield, said Bob Mills, area sales manager for Safelite. A windshield is made up of two pieces of glass with a layer of vinyl in between, which is what holds it together when it cracks.

It’s a safety measure, but has made it difficult to recycle windshields — until now. Next door to Safelite’s Distribution Center in Lavonia, Ga., Shark Glass Recycling has been established, which turns the windshields into pellets that can be used in other products, said Darren Vance, warehouse manager at the Barboursville Safelite.

Now the Barboursville store is saving more than a ton in glass windshields per day —  46 tons a month — from going to the landfill, Vance said. It’s also sending styrofoam, cardboard and wooden pallets as well, he said. They even offer to take other companies’ windshields to be recycled as well, he said.

Mills said that company-wide, Safelite estimates that about 15,000 to 20,000 tons of glass windshields are being diverted from landfills.

He’s excited about the project.

“(Beyond what we’re doing) maybe it will get people thinking outside the box about what they can do to help the environment,” he said.

RENAISSANCE BUILDING: Renovations at The Renaissance Building at 831 4th Ave. are coming along, and the first loft-owners are expected to be moving in late this spring, developer Shane Radcliff said this week.

Formerly home to the Renaissance Bookstore, the building will have 14 luxury loft-style apartments upstairs. Downstairs will be a new home for Pet Palace and a sales office.

Radcliff recently bought the city’s rundown annex building on 5th Avenue, which he plans to demolish to make space for a parking lot for residents of the Renaissance Building. About three-quarters of the available units already are sold, he said.

MUG AND PIA: Kim Sarka Lake celebrated the fifth anniversary of her gift store at 939 3rd Ave. on April 1. And with that milestone has come a transition in focus for the retailer, who also owns Simply Whisk on 4th Avenue. She has a new mission of selling merchandise that is either U.S.-made, produced from recycled material, hand-made or fair trade. Right now, about 80 percent of her inventory falls into one of those categories, and some of the products that don’t are on sale.

“I think we need to support our own and have quality goods that you can’t find everywhere,” Lake said. “I hope people support that as well.”

She will continue to sell some items from China, “but we’ll try to do it as responsibly as we can,” she said.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.

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