Maltha Glasrecyclage België BVBA

Fabrieksstraat 114, 3920 Lommel
Telephone +32 11 445687
Fax +32 11 622191


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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Glass processing and finishing
  • 02.12  Environmental protection/Recycling
  • 02.12.01  Recycling/treatment of waste glass
  •  Recording and collection

Our products

Product category: Recording and collection

Packaging glass

In order to effectively and efficiently recycle packaging glass, Maltha developed – both on its own and in collaboration with e.g. the Technical University of Delft and various mechanical engineers - unique advanced processing installations. In its plants - in Heijningen, Emmen and elsewhere - Maltha has enough capacity to process 1.3 million tonnes of packaging glass per year.
While one can make coloured glass from white glass, it doesn´t work in the other direction, and that makes white glass more valuable than mixed glass. It is therefore extremely useful to sort packaging glass by colour. This is why waste collectors use containers and collection vehicles with separate colour compartments.

When it arrives at Maltha, packaging glass contains various types of contaminants. There are glass-associated contaminants (such as labels, covers, corks) as well as other types of contamination. In particular ceramic, stone, porcelain, metals and plastics constitute a problem for the process of producing new glass and so they have to be carefully removed.

The glass passes through a series of advanced steps in order to remove the various contaminants. Thus the cullet passes through magnets, sieves, cyclones, eddy current separators, laser and camera technology and even x-ray detection facilities. The result is that ultimately each 1,000 kilos of glass still contain only 10 to 25 grams of contaminants.

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Product category: Recording and collection

Flat glass

In 2002 Maltha opened the world´s first flat glass processing plant in the Belgian town of Kaulille. In the meantime this plant has moved to Lommel and been further expanded. Here are all types of flat glass reprocessed into a wide range of semi-finished products. The plant has a capacity of 200,000 tonnes of net product per year.
Flat glass is applied in different environments than packaging glass. It therefore has different contaminants, and that requires a different method of processing. For example, flat glass can have metal and/or foil incorporated into it. Metal waste, debris, wood, plastic and rubber often come together with the glass.

In order to remove all these foreign materials, the glass is put through a series of advanced separation techniques. The parts pass through magnets, sieves, cyclones, eddy current separators, laser and camera technology and even x-ray detection facilities. The result is a batch of pure flat glass cullet which forms the basis for valuable new glass products.

A unique aspect of all this is Maltha’s close collaboration with the flat glass industry, which has led to the end products of the glass recycling process being reutilised as full-fledged raw materials in this industry.

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Product category: Recording and collection

Processing of packaging glass and flat glass

For the optimal processing of glass waste into new high-quality raw materials, we distinguish between packaging glass and flat glass already at the collection stage. It is above all the contaminations associated with these different types of glass that require separate processing in order to achieve the desired results.

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About us

Company details

From pioneer to market leader

Maltha´s history stretches back more than 90 years. From a local player in the Dutch town of Schiedam, Maltha grew to become one of Europe´s leading glass recyclers: today Maltha is active with 8 specialised processing locations in five European countries.
Maltha processes a total of over 1 million tonnes of glass waste each year. To illustrate this amount: if you were to set this quantity in wine bottles upright next to one another, you would cover almost 4,500 football fields. Or, if you were to line up these bottles in a row flat on the ground, you could go around the Earth no less than two times!

Maltha has locations in the Benelux, France, Portugal and Hungary where we process both packaging glass and flat glass into new raw materials on specialised lines. In the meantime, companies like Vidrociclo (recently renamed Maltha Portugal Ltd.) and IPAQ also form part of our portfolio. This makes Maltha one of the largest recyclers of glass waste in Europe.

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