How can broken glass save the planet?

Encirc is a container glass manufacturer based in Ireland and Cheshire. The improvements the company has made to its rail networks that carry recycled glass, has allowed Encirc to fast-track its sustainable future.

Shattering norms

Sustainability continues to be an integral part of Encirc’s business strategy, and it’s constantly looking for new ways to make the company as environmentally conscious as possible. Through a multi-million pound investment, it has developed its onsite railhead terminus. The route links its 200-acre site to the local Helsby track, and will be used to transport raw materials and cullet (recycled broken or waste glass) directly to the Encirc plant.

Big steps, small footprints

This development is set to significantly reduce Encirc’s carbon footprint. The railhead will cut almost 2 million road miles from the company’s logistics. By utilising the railhead, Encirc is forecast to save approximately 2,400 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

Railhead initiative

As well as contributing to carbon reductions across Encirc’s manufacturing process, the railhead will optimise overall production, making the site more efficient. Encirc wants its new railhead to serve as an example to its partners as to how to boost efficiencies and sustainability across the entire glass sector. Encirc has received an award for sustainable practice, a well-deserved tribute for all the company’s hard work towards a more sustainable sector.

This story shows how Encirc supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.3: “improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.”

About Encirc

Based in Ireland and Cheshire, Encirc is a manufacturing company with a difference. Since the late 1990s, Encirc has been at the forefront of container glass manufacturing. Unlike its competitors, it offers filling and logistics services alongside container glass manufacturing, which is unique in this field.

Learn more about Encirc.