Viridor receives £2m recycling investment

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A Sheffield glass recycling facility has received £2m of investment, to improve its sorting technology.

The Viridor facility, at Salmon Pastures, recycles glass from over 39 partners, including ten local authorities, managing the equivalent of over 132 million wine bottles each year. The £2m will fund a four advanced optical sorters, which use x-ray and infrared technology to sort the glass and filter out unwanted items.

MP Clive Betts, chair of the House of Commons communities and local government committee, marked the investment with a visit to the site - one of Europe’s most advanced glass recycling facilities.

The MP for Sheffield South East said: “I was very impressed with my visit to the glass recycling facility Viridor in Sheffield.

“The investment in the site not only benefits Sheffield but also other cities and business outside of the city. Recyling is a very important issue and having modern facilities like this one allows it to be carried out in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.”

The high-tech site recycles 97 per cent of the material arriving on site, working with partners to ‘complete the glass recycling loop’ for a number of well known brands.