Glass optical colour sorting has arrived in Ireland as a £5million Glassco Recycling glass recycling plant has been opened by Irish Environment Minister John Gormley.
Mixed waste glass will be sorted by colour and contaminants such as ceramics and rubbish will be removed. Five jobs have been created at the plant, which has a capacity of 50,000 tonnes a year.
At the opening Glassco Recycling managing director Zeki Mustafa applauded the promotion of glass recycling by the Irish Government and Repak but added: We need remain vigilant about separating out glass at source.
"Continued separation of glass along with our optical colour sorting technology will allow us to attain the greatest value and reach the highest level of carbon emission saving."
Mustafa also called on the Irish Government and local authorities to insist on closed loop recycling and increase the quantities of plate glass being recycled as he said it is not being recycled effectively.
He added: There is great growth potential in glass recycling in Ireland.
Image: Glassco Recycling managing director Zeki Mustafa