When things are thrown away, in most cases they end up in landfills - damaged laminated glass is no exception.
The number of landfills in North America has declined during the past 20 years, but the amount of trash being sent to landfills has not.
When windshields and other types of building glass are needlessly sent to landfills, they they not only take up space, but valuable materials that could have been recycled from the glass are wasted. This increases Co2 and forces more harvesting of natural materials that could have been avoided by recycling.
For years, damaged tires were sent to landfills instead of being recycled. Once it was found that damaged tires were not waste, but rather a to be processed raw material, the recycling of them gained momentum and today a vast majority of old tires are recycled and used in various positive ways.