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'Closed loop' cullet plant announced by Veolia

Veolia is building a glass cullet processing facility alongside an insulation manufacturer to provide a stable supply of high-quality recycled glass.

The new £10m plant, be built by the end of 2017 and will create 18 jobs. Veolia will construct and operate the facility on land owned by Knauf Insulation.

Knauf employs more than 5,000 people in operations across the globe, including more than 500 people at manufacturing plants in Cwmbran, Queensferry and St. Helens.

The new facility will process glass brought from Veolia’s MRFs. It will be refined into cullet before being fed into a furnace, melted and spun into glass mineral wool to manufacture energy-saving insulation products.

Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice-president at Veolia UK & Ireland, said the venture provided a “closed loop solution” for glass packaging.

“It is set to be the first of its kind in the UK and represents a significant investment in circular thinking, new technology and jobs and will ensure we keep the highest quality of glass in circulation.”

John Sinfield, managing director at Knauf Insulation Northern Europe, said the partnership aligned the company’s goals for sustainability and the circular economy.

“Given recent shortages impacting the construction sector, our customers can be reassured that we are working proactively upstream to further enhance the security of our supply.

”The construction of the new facility should also help grow the local economy through the creation of new jobs and the use of local firms to carry out the relevant construction work.”

The photo shows both Sinfield and and Brachianoff.

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