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Bulk glass train from Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury and shipper URM UK recently loaded the first train of bulk glass cullet processed from a new recycling facility at the port. A total of 1,200t of raw glass cullet left Tilbury en route for Cheshire by train, representing the first shipment under a long-term supply agreement. The cullet is produced from glass across the south of England, predominately from kerbside collections, as well as bottle banks. It is processed in URM’s modern recycling hub at the port.

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Loading glass cullet into rail cars in the Port of Tilbury
Loading glass cullet into rail cars in the Port of Tilbury

Earlier this year, the port took possession of the Freightliner rail terminal, and has reconfigured the site to create a ‘first’ for Tilbury, a dedicated bulk materials rail terminal for recycled and construction materials.

Australia-based URM operates some of the world’s most advanced cullet sorting and treatment plants, using sophisticated optical and mechanical processes to ensure that cullet of the highest quality is available for re-processing. Trading as Berryman Glass Recycling, it has pioneered new methods of treatment to make sure that glass can be put to a useful second life.

Mark Wilson, CEO of URM UK said: “We chose Tilbury as our partner and the port as the location for our new facility due its infrastructure, connectivity and expertise in material handling. We are delighted that the first product has moved by rail, to complement our shipping and road capability.”


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