Re-Gen Waste has signed a £10m contract under which the Northern Ireland-based company sends all its collected glass to the Belgian High 5 Recycling Group.
The deal guarantees an end market for Re-Gen’s commingled waste streams in the UK and Northern Ireland.
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Joseph Doherty (pictured), managing director of Re-Gen, said: “Dealing with glass that is mixed with other dry recyclable waste is one of the biggest issues facing materials sorting facilities today. Most are incapable of recycling glass due to breakage, which ultimately means glass ends up in landfill.
“Separating recoverable glass from contaminants and washing it produces a visually cleaner glass product and yields an added-value product for resale.”
Re-Gen has invested in a screening plant at its headquarters in Newry to improve the screening and cleaning of recycled glass.
Doherty added: “High 5 Recycling operates the most technically advanced glass plant in Europe, with the requisite technology to successfully sort unprocessed and contaminated glass. Our decision to work together was an obvious one.”
Alexandre Halbrecq, director at High 5 Recycling, said he was impressed with Re-Gen’s glass, due to its glass screening plant.
“High 5 Recycling has developed a technology to allow the separation of this glass by colour. One of the end products is an added-value glass coloured midway between amber and green called ‘dead leaf’. The glass possesses interesting chemical properties of use to industrialists.”