Scotland – In Scotland, Viridor has opened what it describes as ‘the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility’ and ‘one of only three’ of its type globally.
Located at Newhouse in Lanarkshire, the £25 million (US$ 38 million) investment will recycle glass from 17 Scottish local authorities and recover up to 97% of input materials while achieving up to 99% product purity, thus ‘exceeding the quality requirements for a Scotch (whisky) sector focused on high-end product packaging’.
The facility houses some 15 ‘scientific eye’ optical sorters and X-ray sorters. Developed on a recovered ‘waste crime’ site closed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Police Scotland in 2012, the 70 000-square-foot operation will provide 30 full-time jobs and boost government ‘warm home’ objectives through a partnership with insulation provider Superglass of Stirling.
Viridor’s chief executive Ian McAulay comments: ‘A vital key in unlocking Scottish government circular economy policy, this latest investment will not only help drive glass recycling and the sustainability of Scotch whisky, but will be a real boost for a Lanarkshire economy fast becoming an important base for Scotland’s green sectors.’