Greenglass invests in new recycling facility in Romania

The company is also investing to increase its recycling capacity to 260,000 tonnes per year

Greenglass Recycling, based in Popesti-Leordeni, Ilfov since 2013. A market leader in the industry of glass recycling in Romania, the company decided to invest EUR 10 million in a new post-consumer glass waste recycling plant, as well in the modernization of their existing facilities, increasing production capacity to 260,000 tonnes per year of recycled glass.

The plant will be built in the proximity of Bucharest and construction will start in the second half of 2022 to finish in 2023. With the new investment, in addition to post-consumer glass recycling operations, the new plant will also recycle flat glass from the automotive industry and glass from construction and demolition. It is expected to create more than 100 local jobs during the construction phase and 90 permanent roles once it is complete.

Marius Costache, Greenglass General Manager, said, “The company continues its strategic plan of investing in the most modern recycling technologies, at the same time considering waste as part of the economic circuit, where glass is collected and transformed 100 percent into a valuable resource. Once the new plant will start its activity, Greenglass will be able to recycle all the glass that Romania must meet as a collection target, while being the solution for recycling the materials from the Deposit- Return System.

We are also responding to the growing demand from glass manufacturers to increase the share of recycled material in their products, in order to reduce the use of virgin materials.”

For the recycling of post-consumer glass packaging, the plant has invested in modern, optoelectronic sorting equipment. Using this advanced recycling processes results in glass cullet with a high degree of purity – at least 99.99 percent.

The new constructed plant will accommodate leading-edge technology, which separates and removes contaminated materials from glass, resulting in increased efficiency of the recycling value chain and providing producers with recycled secondary raw materials. Recovered, the materials will be directed to various industrial sectors as cullet and will be used in the production of flat glass.

As part of its expansion strategy, GreenGlass will build a new glass recycling plant in the
Centre/West of the country.

“We aim to create a truly circular economy in Romania, both for packaging glass waste, but also for glass waste resulting from other streams,” Marius added. “We consider that a new further investment in the Central-West area of Romania will offer us the opportunity to generate a positive and responsible value and to optimize all operations that are part of the collection and recycling system, meaning proximity to generators of waste, lower logistics costs, less CO2 emissions.”

Figures show that at the European level, production of glass has continued to increase in recent years, reaching over 21 million tonnes. The “European Organization of Glass Manufacturers” (FEVE) confirms that glass is more than ever the leading packaging material for spirits, wines and beer, while it is increasingly gaining share in the food, water and dairy sectors. It is the second leading packaging material in Europe in terms of volume.