A sustainable business
Morley Glass & Glazing is a privately-owned business that believes in giving back and supporting local communities and good causes. We also aim to improve our own environmental sustainability within the factory, as well as finance the creation of new environmental projects in Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.
Glass recycling Leeds
We have recently teamed up with glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass to install a glass crushing machine that enables us and our customers to recycle glass from old windows and doors. We deliver more than 2000 sealed units with integral blinds inside every week to our customers throughout the UK and our fleet of vans were returning empty to our factory.
Now we are asking our customers and local tradespeople to give us their glass from old windows and doors, that have come to the end of their useful life (post-consumer glass). We crush the glass into cullet and return it in bulk to Saint-Gobain Glass, who pay us for the glass cullet, which they use to make new glass.
We donate this money to local schools and charities to help fund environmental projects in Yorkshire such as sensory gardens, wildlife habitats and allotments.
Recycling post-consumer glass delivers several benefits, including:
We're adding to the amount we recycle every week
Every year we sponsor a wide range of grass roots sports clubs, dance societies, youth clubs and other local and national charities.
In 2018 we supported 20 charities in our 20th anniversary year. One highlight was the donation of a Variety Sunshine Coach to Mill Field Primary School in Meanwood, as the result of Morley MD Ian Short learning the Samba and taking part in (and winning) the Variety Strictly Ballroom Challenge.
This year Director Kath Short is President of the Rotary Club of Roundhay in Leeds and the company is a long-term sponsor of the annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival which raised £10,000 in 2019 to fund worthwhile projects in Leeds, as well as nationally and even worldwide.
Since it began in 2012, the North Leeds Charity Beer Festival has raised almost £40,000 for charities. Funds raised from the beer festivals have made it possible for the Rotary Club of Roundhay to back charity projects in the local community and beyond. The Lakeside café playground at Roundhay Park was one such project they were able to support. The club also installed two defibrillators situated outside Moortown Health Centre and Oakwood Surgery.
Visit our charity news page to see some of the other community projects we have supported in recent years.
We are always keen to hear from charities, schools and good causes in the Leeds and Yorkshire areas who may need our help. We can’t promise to help everyone but if every business took the time and effort to give back to their local communities then the world would be a much better place.
As a UK manufacturer there are a number of sustainable resources from our supply chain which can be easily recycled or reused to create environmentally friendly products.
Some of the components used in the manufacture of our integral blinds are delivered to us in small wooden boxes. We have donated these boxes to local schools and community groups who have been exceedingly creative with them, finding new uses such as creating pieces of art, making time capsules, treasure chests and memory boxes, toy boxes and display cases – some of them are then sold and the money raised donated to charity.
We donate our glass off-cuts to local glass artists Bob and Gael Spishak, who give them a new lease of life as works of art. Using their own home studio, the couple melt the glass down and reform it to produce stunning pieces of glass wear. Items they create include bowls, decorations and even a Nativity scene, all of which are subsequently either sold in aid of charity or donated to community groups.