Cwmbran glass recycling firm signs five-year deal with insulation business

Glass recycling company Recresco has secured a five-year contract to supply Torfaen-based Knauf Insulation with high quality glass cullet from its Cwmbran site.

Under the deal, glass from commercial and residential collections from Torfaen Council and the wider community, and reprocessed at the state-of-the-art Recresco site will serve Knauf Insulation for the manufacture of mineral wool insulation.

Being located less than five miles apart, the contract supports both businesses’ sustainability goals to reduce environmental impact and support the local economy.

Knauf Insulation is one of the UK’s leading providers of high performance, sustainable glass and rock mineral wool insulation solutions.

It employs more than 500 people at its manufacturing plants in Cwmbran, Queensferry and St Helens, creating mineral wool insulation for use in a wide variety of applications across the globe. The company recently invested £7 million to develop and upgrade its South Wales plant.

The deal secures Recresco’s longstanding presence in the Torfaen area providing continuous employment within the local community while supporting the region’s bid to reduce waste and improve recycling rates.

Recresco director Tim Gent said: “We are delighted to continue our strong relationship with Knauf Insulation, securing employment and driving recycling rates in the Torfaen region.

“By working with local businesses, we help to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations while continuing to have a positive environmental impact through innovative glass processing practices. We are proud to invest in world leading sorting technology to deliver the highest quality product to our customers with minimum waste and look forward to serving Knauf Insulation’s Cwmbran plant for a further five years.”

David Taylor, purchasing manager at Knauf Insulation, said: “Delivering a circular economy is one of our long-term sustainability goals. We recently published specific and ambitious commitments for 2025 as we work to achieve these, including pledges on the level of recycled materials we use in our products. Our valued partnership with Recresco will help us to deliver on this, and will further deepen our shared roots in the Cwmbran community.”

South Wales Argus | Business