Encirc on track for sustainable success with new rail terminal

Encirc on track for sustainable success with new rail terminal

November 29, 2017
Encirc railhead

The first shipment of cullet has been delivered using Encirc’s new railhead

British Glass member, Encirc has received its first shipment of recycled cullet to its new purpose-built railhead in Elton, Cheshire. The delivery marks the opening of the new rail terminal, which is expected to reduce Encirc’s carbon emissions by more than 2,400 tonnes a year.

The new railhead will deliver to the manufacturer 78% of the sand it needs. This connection to the British rail network is expected to reduce the number of HGV journeys by 6,600 a year.

Encirc occupies a site in Elton, which was previously occupied by a power station that operated its own railhead. Encirc has invested in redeveloping the trainline. 

Andrew Morris, head of logistics, Encirc said:

“The reopening of the railhead has been a ground-breaking development for us. We know that our customers – much like ourselves – place sustainability high on their list of priorities. By investing in our new terminal, we can continue to make their supply chains more environmentally responsible, and considerably reduce the carbon footprint of our containers we produce.

“Our railhead is an excellent example of how a business can also embrace past technologies to offer sustainable solutions for the future.” 

The November shipment comprised of 1,600 tonnes of recycled cullet from the UK’s largest glass recycler, United Resource Management (URM). 

Mark Wilson, chief executive, URM, said:

“URM has invested £20m in the latest recycling technology in a new facility based at Tilbury Dock, London. 

“The site was chosen due to its proximity to the London market and connectivity by both rail and ship that will divert significant movements of product away from road. We are delighted to be supplying Encirc with product by rail under a long-term partnering arrangement that has sustainability at its very heart.”

Encirc is renowned for having one of the most sustainable beverage supply chains in the world. The company uses cutting-edge technology to offer customers a 360-degree service. This involves making the glass containers, filling them with beverages and distributing the finished products to the market.



  • Encirc is part of the Vidrala Group, and is a market leader in glass container design, manufacturing, bottling and logistics solutions for the UK and Irish food and beverage industries. With almost 1,200 employees, it operates from its purpose-built sites in Derrylin, NI and Elton, Cheshire, the company produces more than 2.7 billion glass bottles and other containers annually and can fill up to 250 million liters of bulk shipped beverages every year.
  • The integrated group offering means customers benefit from a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach, which includes access to Europe’s largest bonded warehouse, significantly shortening the supply chain and delivering considerable cost and environmental savings to customers.
  • More details can be found www.encirc360.com