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Expansion for glass specialist

A glass recycler is shifting to a 24-hour operation as a result of growth in demand for its specialist products.

WRL Glass Media, part of Ward Recycling, has reported an 81% rise in sales for the first four months of 2015 for applications including refined processed glass which is used as an alternative to silica sand in swimming pool filtration systems.

The Teesside-based company delivered more than 7,000 tonnes of processed glass between January and April and, as a result, is creating four new plant operations roles and implementing a four-day-on, four-day-off rota to enable 24-hour operations. 

Further jobs are due to be created later this year to provide additional administrative support.

The company has reported strong export growth with more than 30% of its products sold to customers in countries including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, France and Iceland.

A 32,000 sq. ft. plant, next to Ward Recycling’s main household recycling facility at South Bank, Middlesbrough, is part of a £3.2m investment supported by a £500,000 grant from Let’s Grow - a regional fund operated in partnership with Trinity Mirror Group, BE Group and UNW.

The company has already built an additional ‘clean-up’ extension, which was opened by the former Business Secretary Vince Cable before the election (above).

Gareth Godwin Ward Recycling

Gareth Godwin, manager at WRL Glass Media, left, said: “We have invested in our facilities, accreditations and people to improve and maintain quality alongside creating the ability to scale up our operations, which is enabling us to meet rising demand.

“We are particularly proud of our growth in export markets where our highly refined glass product is becoming increasingly popular as a safe and environmentally friendly media for the filtration of swimming pool water.”

  • Caption: Vince Cable, Gareth Godwin and Ian Swales, who stood down as the Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar at the election.

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