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Scotland toasts new glass recycling facility

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.’

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