A North East company has developed a process for sorting and cleaning heavily contaminated waste glass, which could revolutionise the recycling industry.
Derek Parnaby Cyclones International Ltd has developed a method that significantly increases the amount of badly-contaminated glass that is able to be reused by manufacturers.
The Parnaby Cyclone Glass Density Separation system, which cost £1.2m to devise, makes the whole process more efficient than current technology, which could lead to huge cost savings for companies across the UK.
It will also enable companies to increase the amount of material they can handle, resulting in increased turnover and improved profitability.
The company, based in County Durham, has been shortlisted for a national award, less than 12 months after embarking on the project.
The method has been shortlisted in the category Innovation of the Year at the MRW National Recycling Awards 2014 being held in July.
Ben Parnaby, co-owner, said: “The project has attracted the attention of industry leaders from around the UK who are now looking at how they can adopt the same methods. To be shortlisted for the award is validation that we have hit on a winning method.”