The official opening of Viridor‘s latest recycling facility, in Newhouse, near Glasgow, took place today.
The £25m investment in a state of the art glass recycling facility will, when it reaches is design capacity, be able to recycle up to 200,000 tonnes per year of mixed glass.
Currently Scotland recycles circa 50% of its glass or 200,000 tonnes per year so the new facility will help significantly in increasing this to the 90% target set.
The facility is one one of three of its type in existence and claims to be able to achieve high levels of purity even in the face of mixed glass input. The purity levels are said to meet the standards required for the Whisky bottling industry.
Speaking on BBC Scotland this morning,Dan Cooke, Director of external affairs for Viridor said: ‘ with Viridor, quality is the catch word that we aim at, every facility has to be looking at producing recycled material that is of the same or better quality as virgin material’
To achieve this the plant has installed advanced recycling technology from across the globe, such as three-stream-glass sorting systems, x-ray sorters and a network of crushing, conveyance and separation belts.
By 2020 whisky distillers are committed to 40% of their product packaging being made from recycled materials.
The new plant is part of a £357m recycling and renewable energy investment programme Viridor is implementing in Scotland and will create circa 30 new jobs for the area.
Speaking earlier this year for the BBC, Chief executive of Viridor, Ian McAulay, said: “Building on our £100m network of Scottish recycling-led infrastructure, this latest investment, bringing the UK’s most advanced glass recycling centre home to the central belt, places Scotland at the leading edge of global glass recycling.