The two companies have already worked together for more than 20 years, Recresco says.
Under the deal, processed glass from Recresco’s Ellesmere Port facility will go to Encirc for the manufacture of new glass bottles and containers at its site in Elton, Cheshire.
The proximity of the two businesses aligns with their commitment to reducing the companies’ environmental footprints and cutting transportation times, Recresco says.
Tim Gent, Recresco’s director, said: “We are firmly committed to reducing the environmental impact of our business and keeping glass out of landfill.
“We know that by working with Encirc, our product will be manufactured back into glass bottles and containers in the most energy efficient way.
“We are proud to work with businesses that demonstrate similar values to our own. Limiting our environmental impact and working with local businesses to support the regions where we operate are very important to us as a business and Encirc perfectly complements these principles.”
Recresco added that the deal “safeguards” exiting jobs at both companies and “supports” the wider local economy.
Founded in Norfolk in 1978, Recresco has large reprocessing facilities at Ellesmere Port and Cwmbran, with its head office located in Nottingham.
The company purchased the Ellesmere Port site from which it operated for the previous 12 years from Peel Ports in a “multi-million-pound deal” in 2020 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Recresco then upgraded machinery and equipment at the site, including through investments in a K9 optical sorting system from industrial machinery specialist Sesotec and three Impact Air Systems Zigzag Air Classifier separation systems, to join the one it owned already.
Part of the Vidrala Group, Encirc employs more than 1,700 people and operates from sites in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, and Corsico, Italy, as well as in Elton.
The company says it produces more than 3 billion glass bottles and other containers annually and can fill up to 250 million litres of bulk-shipped beverages every year.
Encirc has recently invested in boosting its manufacturing capacity at its Elton facility and has installed an industrial furnace capable of processing up to 900 tonnes of container glass per day, “the largest of its kind in the world”.