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Recresco upgrade glass recycling plant

Recresco recycling site

Company announces major investment in place at Ellesmere Port materials recovery facility 

RECRESCO, specialist in materials recovery and glass recycling, are undertaking a number of improvements at their Ellesmere Port site which they purchased in a multi-million-pound deal last year. 

Headquartered in Nottingham, the company’s latest investment plans will drive forward a series of improvements and facility upgrades to ensure the glass recycling plant is future-proofed to cater for potential increased capacity, as well as enhanced production processes and safety. 

A new 1,100 sq m covered structure has already been constructed on site to accommodate growing material storage demands, due to the high volumes of waste materials Recresco have received from commercial and residential collections during lockdown.

Following significant equipment and machinery upgrades at the Ellesmere site, including the purchase of four Sesotec K9 optical sorters and three Impact Air Systems’ Zigzag Air Classifiers (ZAC800), the business is continuing its commitment to using the latest state-of-the-art technologies.

For example, a new fully automated weighbridge has now been installed on site by Weightron Bilanciai. The system provides exceptional accuracy, and the recycling firm has already seen weighing turnaround times reduced by around 30%.

In a UK industry first, the company has introduced a mobile quality control unit which will allow high-level mobile laboratory testing of glass on site at customer locations before material is transported to Recresco. This speeds up the quality control process by avoiding the need for samples to be sent via courier for testing.

Commenting on the site improvements, Tim Gent, director at Recresco, said: ‘This is a really exciting time for Recresco as we begin to put our plans for the company’s long-term future into action. We are committed to making a variety of improvements across the business at both of our plants, including our Cwmbran site, in Wales, but we are particularly excited about the opportunities available at Ellesmere Port following the purchase of the site last year.

‘After making significant investment into world-class sorting technology over the last few years, we are pleased to continue our equipment upgrade programme enabling us to reprocess co-mingled collected glass into an exceptionally high-quality end product for our customers.’

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