Glass recycler Recresco has opened a plant in South Wales, boosting glass recycling in the area, which until recently had just one MRF processing glass.
The facility is located at Springvale Industrial Estate in Cwmbran, reprocessing glass from across South Wales and surrounding areas. Previously, this glass would have been exported out to the north of England or sent to landfill.
Capable of processing 10 tonnes of glass by colour each hour, the plant is currently operating at 50% capacity with full capacity expected by the end of the year - which is believed to be a rate of up to 100,000 tonnes a year.
Recresco site manager Karl Fenton said: “This new facility will support and enhance the waste industry and the community by reprocessing locally sourced waste glass and reusing it in local businesses. Wasteful haulage miles are being eliminated and it is creating local jobs.”
High fuel costs to transport glass across the border and increasing recycling rates in South Wales have driven the need for a new facility in South Wales. Wales aims to recycle 70% of its waste by 2025.