Waste management company Yorwaste has invested almost £300,000 in glass sorting equipment for one of its Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in response to high demand for the material.
The technology has been installed at the Seamer Carr site, near Scarborough. It enables the MRF to separate and clean glass from commingled materials, such as paper, cans and plastics.
Chris Tomlinson, continuous improvement manager at Yorwaste, said: “There is a big demand for clean glass for sale in the glass [remelt] and aggregate recycling markets, so using the new system we are able to produce a product of the highest quality.”
He added that Yorwaste was able to offer its customers a rebate on the glass it sent for reprocessing.
The glass is separated from other recyclables via a two-deck breaker screen. Rotating discs break the glass into various sizes. The glass then falls into two bays, with anything over 12mm being sent for remelt applications and anything under going into the aggregate market.
Yorwaste said the technology enables the MRF to achieve a glass recycling rate of 97%.