Glass recycler Recresco is currently developing a glass recycling plant on an industrial site in Northfleet, Kent, UK.

The three-acre plot is being supported by a £5.5 million finance package from bank HSBC and will be the firm’s fifth UK plant, following Recresco plants at Ellesmere Port, Southampton, Cwmbran and at its head office of Nottingham.

The plant will be able to take 40 tonnes of glass an hour for cleaning and sorting, before removing materials such as ceramics and paper to produce furnace ready cullet to distribute to glass manufacturers.

Clear and brown glass will remain predominantly with UK manufacturers and green glass will be exported to European glass producers.

Recresco expects to create 40 jobs as a result of the expansion and a £10m rise in turnover to more than £28m.

It also forecasts the plant will drive export sales of its processed glass – exports currently account for a quarter of revenue, but that is expected to increase to 50%.

It is hoped that the facility will open in July 2013.