Europe’s largest glass recycler invests in recycling plant


Maltha Glassrecycling is about to start work on rebuilding and upgrading its largest recycling site at Heijningen in the Netherlands.

Europe’s largest glass recycler, which is a subsidiary of Van Gansewinkel Groep, will invest €4.5 million (£3.4 million) in new production lines.


This will enable it to increase the amount of raw material it recovers from waste glass by 11% and further improve the quality of recycled cullet.

The conversion work will begin in March and will take several months to complete.

More than 1 million tonnes of glass per year is recycled by Maltha at its facilities.

This investment will see all the sorting and separating equipment at the Heijningen plant replaced with more up-to-date technology.

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Maltha Glassrecycling director Tich Vanduren said: “It is important that we continuously improve the quality of our product. For that reason we are now modifying the entire production process at our factory in Heijningen.

“Glass cullet is the perfect raw material for new glass. It is infinitely recyclable in its entirety without any loss of quality. Also, using glass cullet in the furnace means that less energy is used, significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of our glass furnaces.

“We use the latest recycling technologies and also incorporate a drying step into the process. This increases the recycling percentage by 11% and improves the quality of our end product even further.”