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Shanks wins beer bottle contract

Waste firm Shanks Group has been awarded a contract with the Heineken brewery in the Netherlands to recycle 15,000 tonnes of glass bottles.

The British-owned global waste firm won the deal through its recently acquired Van Tuijl glass recycling business.

Heineken recently announced it would only be bottling beer in green glass in future.

“As a consequence, Heineken will need to recycle its entire inventory of brown bottles, some 15,000 tons of glass, and the contract has been awarded to Van Tuijl,” Shanks said in a statement.

Michael van Hulst, managing director of Shanks, Benelux, said: “Heineken is a key customer for us and we are delighted to be helping them transition to green bottles as part of their stated ambition to be the greenest international brewer in the world.”

Shanks took over Van Tuijl in 2011 and has since doubled its recycling capacity and commissioned a new furnace to improve recyclate quality.

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