Pace Glass plans to build a new glass recycling facility, which will enable it to triple its production capacity to more than 15,000 tonnes per week and 90 tonnes per hour of commercial-grade recyclable glass.

The recyclable glass processor has broken ground on its new 250,000-square-foot glass-recycling facility in Andover Township, New Jersey.

At the recent ground breaking ceremony, George Valiotis, Pace Glass’ CEO, said: “Especially in densely populated cities throughout the Northeast, the process of how glass is recycled has literally become broken.

"Through our innovative technology that is able to capture and repurpose 90% of what is currently landfilled, Pace Glass has found a way to help remedy that.

“The town of Andover has been instrumental in giving us our approvals, and we feel very fortunate that they have been so supportive.”

Pace Glass’ new site will be creating approximately 80 local jobs in two daily shifts and 60 truck driving jobs, in order to deliver the recycled glass cullet to manufacturers in the Tri-State area, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Michael Mahoney, Pace Glass’ Chief Operation Officer and Co-founder, said: “We are more than extremely excited about the fact that we’re opening here and the potential growth within the company.

“They have been more than welcoming to bringing in new business and making the process move quickly.

“With the addition of the new Andover Township plant, we will be able to strengthen our position as a leading glass recycling technology provider on a much larger scale.”

US Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), who’s 5th District includes the plant site, presented Mr Valiotis with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for service to the community.

Mr Gottheimer said: “I am thrilled Pace Glass chose to continue investing in New Jersey workers and families by opening up its second facility in our state.

“Today’s ground breaking showcased the benefits the new facility will bring to our environment and economy, and demonstrated the power of business and government working together on the same team.”

Plans for the New York recycling firm’s new plant include increasing its intermodal delivery reach to other areas of the United States via flatbed railcars and barges. It will effectively become the nation’s largest facility by output.

The construction of the new plant is to be completed over the next 14 months and operations are expected to begin in early 2019.