Ardagh Glass UK and recycler Reuse have received an award for their partnership to capture a higher portion of flint (clear) cullet for remelting into new bottles and jars.

Judges at the UK’s National Recycling Award described the project as an excellent example of cradle to cradle packaging. The project sees a glass bottle or jar collected on the doorstep or bottle bank, returned as high quality cullet to the glass manufacturer and made into a new container without any loss of quality or performance.

“We were highly delighted by this accolade, which recognises the contribution that our companies and the industry is making towards a more sustainable supply chain in the critically important food and drink industries,” said Ardagh Glass UK’s Head of Procurement, Adrian Davies.

Using cullet colour separation technology, the partnership increased the recycled content of glass packaging produced at Ardagh’s Doncaster plant in 2014.

Every individual glass bottle or jar had an average recycled content of 53% in the final six months of 2014 against an average recycling rate of 26% during the same period in 2013.