Sibelco has opened a glass recycling facility at San Cesario sul Panaro, Modena, Italy.

The new plant is on a site originally acquired in January 2020. After the site’s acquisition, Sibelco began a clean-up of the existing facilities, which included removal of around 50,000 tonnes of waste glass which had accumulated over previous years of operation.

The huge piles of glass had become an eyesore for the local community and were causing environmental concerns.

Restoration of the site was completed in July 2020, at which point construction work began on the new glass cullet processing plant, which employs 30 people.

Nicola Dalmasso, Sibelco Director Commercial Green Solutions Italy, said: "Excellence in production quality and cutting-edge technology, coupled with a total focus on safety and environmental protection - these priorities have underpinned the renovation process completed over the last 18 months in full collaboration with local and regional authorities.”

Corrado Baccani, Sibelco Country Manager for Italy said: "Italy is one of Europe’s leading nations in glass recycling with 78.6% of glass packaging recovered through recycling.

“Sibelco is proud to be supporting the country’s recycling drive with our technologically advanced systems and focus on continuous improvement."