Glass firm Ward Recycling has invested £490,000 in machinery for its recycling facility and glass processing plant to increase efficiency.
The Middlesbrough company has purchased a £385,000 baler for sorted finished products, and a trommel and conveyors worth £105,000.
It says the baler allows faster throughput, resulting in more tonnage being sorted and reduced energy consumption.
The trommel and conveyors will help to improve the purity of the final glass product by screening out unwanted materials.
Manager Gareth Godwin (pictured) said: “We receive and process huge volumes of glass from commercial and household collections, which requires a lean operating model and efficient processes throughout our business.
“This is the latest in a series of investments that have improved efficiency and, as a result, increased our capacity and ability to easily manage any cyclical influxes in demand.
“As well as delivering efficiency gains, the screening system will enable us to recover more viable glass from our recycling inputs – reducing wastage and ensuring as much material as possible is processed for reuse.”
The glass product is commonly used to filter drinking water as well as a replacement for silica sand used in swimming pool filtration systems.