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An award-winning recycling company is going from strength to strength thanks to its partnership with Teesside University. WRL Glass Media, in Middlesbrough, takes unwanted glass and processes it into granulated form for applications such as water filtration and shot blasting.

Since it was taken over by parent firm Ward Recycling in 2012, the business has seen its sales steadily increase and its sales in foreign markets were recently recognised with the New Exporter prize at the North East Process Industry Cluster (Nepic) annual dinner.

The company has recently announced the opening of a new office in Prague to service The Czech Republic and has successfully exported to France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Iceland, Denmark and Ireland. WRL Glass Media has credited a lot of this success to its ongoing work with Teesside University.

Ward Recycling decided to take over WRL Glass Media when its previous owners, went into administration. The glass recycling market was new to Ward Recycling and the firm turned to Teesside University for help to get the PAS102 accreditation which reclassifies waste to a secondary product.

Once that accreditation was achieved, WRL Glass Media was helped to obtain a Regulation 31 certificate which allows the granulated glass to be used for filtration for human consumption - one of only two companies in the UK to achieve that standard.

The University has also worked with WRL Glass Media on several other projects including:

  • a corporate video for the company website.
  • measuring its carbon footprint through the University's Resource Efficient Pathways project.
  • export development of a new product with the Enterprise Europe Network.
  • help with obtaining research and development tax credits.

In addition, Gareth is also enrolled on a part-time MBA course at the University's Darlington campus.


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