Veolia opens new St Helens glass recycling facility

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The new site in St Helens

A new glass recycling facility in St Helens has been opened by Knauf Insulation and Veolia.

Over 60,000 tonnes of used glass bottles and jars will be collected and turned into energy-saving glass mineral wool insulation.

The facility will sort and separate glass to an ultra-pure glass cullet by using state of the art machinery including vibrating screens for size sorting, magnets to extract ferrous materials and eddy current separations for non-ferrous materials.

With a £10m investment and a decade long commitment from Knauf Insulation, the glass collected will total over 350 million bottles per year.

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President at Veolia UK & Ireland, said:

“This innovative new facility is an investment in the UK green economy which is good for jobs, good for the community and good for the planet.

“To see our site officially open is a vote of confidence in our technology and the quality of cullet we produce - and by using a significant amount of this glass in its manufacturing process, Knauf Insulation is setting the standard for other manufacturers to follow – making use of recycled material mainstream rather than niche.

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