Middlesbrough-based Ward Recycling has invested £750,000 in a glass beneficiation plant.
This will allow it to take sub 12mm mixed glass, and using a special sterilisation and implosion process, turn it into non-sharp product for use in water filtration, shot blast and decorative aggregates.
It is expecting to produce 25,000 tonnes of material in 2013 and bring in a further £2 million in sales.
The company has received support from the Manufacturing Advisory Service and Teesside University in working towards securing BSI PAS 102, that enables it to have quality accreditation for processed glass used in secondary end markets.
Ward Recycling sales and marketing manager Paul Stonehouse said: “It’s been a hectic six months, but we are now finally in a position to take advantage of the investment and increase capacity.
“Securing BSI PAS 102 opens up a whole host of new markets for us, and basically, is a public endorsement that our product is safe to reuse and of an excellent quality.”
The firm’s products are currently being assessed by the Drinking Water Inspectorate, and if successful, this would enable the plant to be run for 24 hours per day, five days per week within 18 months.