UK glass container manufacturer and bottler, Encirc, has received its first shipment of recycled cullet to its new purpose-built railhead in Elton, Cheshire.

The delivery marks the opening of the new terminal, which is expected to reduce Encirc’s operational carbon emissions by more than 2400 tonnes every year.

The new railhead also will allow the manufacturer to receive 78% of the sand it needs by rail. By connecting to the British rail network, Encirc is considerably reducing its reliance on roads by around 6600 HGV journeys every year.

The site the manufacturer occupies in Elton was once a power station that operated its own railhead. Since opening its Cheshire plant in 2005, Encirc has invested in redeveloping the trainline.

Andrew Morris, Head of Logistics, Encirc said: “The reopening of the railhead has been a ground-breaking development for us. We know that our customers – much like ourselves – place sustainability high on their list of priorities.

“By investing in our new terminal, we can continue to make their supply chains more environmentally responsible, and considerably reduce the carbon footprint of our containers we produce.

“Our railhead is an excellent example of how a business can also embrace past technologies to offer sustainable solutions for the future.”

The November shipment comprised 1600 tonnes of recycled cullet from the UK’s largest glass recycler, United Resource Management (URM).

Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of URM, added: “URM has invested £20m in the latest recycling technology in a new facility based at Tilbury Dock, London.

“The site was chosen due to its proximity to the London market and connectivity by both rail and ship that will divert significant movements of product away from road.

"We are delighted to be supplying Encirc with product by rail under a long term partnering arrangement that has sustainability at its very heart.”