Recycled glass worktops or countertops are rapidly growing in popularity in the 2020’s. Their sustainability, aesthetics and durability all make them one of the best materials you could ever use for your workplace or your home alike. What’s most fascinating about them however is exactly how they are made. Moreso, how to make them this way, and what gives them such desirable qualities in the first place.

From collecting the waste glass through to polishing and installing, Diamik Glass is one of the biggest recycled glass worktop or countertop manufacturers in the UK. With a wealth of insight to offer you on the process, this is an in depth look at how glass countertops are made.

Step 1 – Collecting Waste Glass

Large stack of glass bottles

The first step of how to make recycled glass countertops is always to collect the glass that is going to be recycled. This can happen in different ways and forms. Diamik Glass does so by collecting from locally based manufacturers. Glass that was meant for landfills is instead collected by the organisation and moved to a manufacturing facility. It’s then ready to begin its next lifecycle.

Step 2 – Crushing & Sorting

Broken glass shards

Once the glass is saved from landfill and brought into the facility, the recycled glass then needs to be crushed and sorted. This is done before it can be used to create countertops or worktops with such a high quality aesthetic. The glass is sorted by colour and then by chip size to ensure that the quality of the crushed glass is correct. after that, it is then ready to proceed.

Step 3 – Preparation

Large pile of crushed glass

After the glass has been prepared, the next stage in the process is to prepare the moulds. They are what the glass will be cast into. For Diamik Glass, this falls into our Ecorok mould range for the most part. Different organisations will of course have different moulds and processes.

Step 4 – Casting

Glass being cut and formed

The next and arguably most important stage in making glass countertops is the casting of the Ecorok itself. This is done using our perfected in-house production techniques to produce uniquely recycled and sustainable surfaces that are ready for any environment or placement. The casted product of course needs further treatment, but it is at this point that the main manufacturing process is carried out.

Step 5 – Calibrating & Polishing

Calibrator machine

After the glass has been cast, it must also be calibrated. This has to be done before it can be advanced to the latter stages of production. In addition to that, once the glass is fit for purpose and is completely up to spec, it must then also receive its initial polish. Doing that ensures that the quality of the recycled glass to be used in the countertops is all pristine. 

Glass countertop polishing machine

Step 6 – Cutting

Following the casting, calibration and polishing of the glass, the only remaining stages left are curated with the purpose of making the product ready for use. The main part of this process in most cases is to then cut the product to size and allow the CNC machine to ensure perfect mm cutting and shaping. 

For recycled glass worktops that are going to be used for commercial use, this often needs to be completely unique. It is centred around the required purpose, location and specification in order to be certain that the product is going to fit seamlessly in the finished design. For residential use, this may result in more standardised sizes that can then be cut again when required. This varies from project to project and from design to design.

Step 7 – Finishing

Glass worktops stacked

Last but not least, before the recycled glass worktops go on to be installed, the final part of the manufacturing process is to finish the product again. A final polish makes sure that the finish is beautiful and fit for purpose also. It makes sure that it will be durable, attractive and of course sustainable throughout the entire process. This then allows the next stages of the product’s journey to begin, where it is fitted in the next steps of processing.