A recycling company is growing thanks to a partnership with Teesside University.
WRL Glass Media, in Middlesbrough, takes unwanted glass and then processes it into granulated form for applications such as water filtration and shot blasting.
Since it was taken over by parent firm Ward Recycling in 2012, the business has seen its sales steadily increase and its sales in foreign markets were recognised with the New Exporter prize at the North East Process Industry Cluster annual dinner.
The company also recently announced the opening of a new office in Prague to service The Czech Republic and has successfully exported to many other countries.
Now, it has credited a lot of this success to ongoing work with Teesside University, which helped it receive the PAS102 accreditation that reclassifies waste to a secondary product.
Ward recycling got involved in the partnership after WRL Glass Media’s previous owner went into administration.
Manager Gareth Godwin said: “When our partner went into administration, we were left with a choice to either cut our losses or to take on the glass recycling plant and remain in the industry and learn about how we could reconfigure the business.
“That was when we contacted Teesside University who supplied us with all the information we needed to do to get the PAS102 accreditation.”
The university has also worked with the company on a wide range of other projects, including research and development, and a corporate video.
Godwin added: “There’s barely a week goes by that I don’t contact the university – it has become my ‘go to’ company.
“Like a lot of people I wasn’t aware of all the different things the university could do for companies like ours, but it has been a massive help.”