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Viridor plans new £25 million recycling plant

Viridor hopes to create 30 jobs at what it said would be the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe. Picture: Viridor

Recycling company Viridor says that 200,000 tonnes of glass could be recycled each year at a new plant it is planning in Newhouse, Lanarkshire.

The firm also hopes to create 30 jobs at what it said would be the most advanced facility of its kind in Europe.

It will have the capacity to recycle 200,000 tonnes of glass every year - 150% of all glass packaging currently collected in Scotland.

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.

"Part of a £500m Scottish investment strategy to translate zero waste policy into practice, the centre will drive sustainability for the Scotch whisky and associated sectors at the heart of Scotland's global position."

Julie Hesketh-Laird, Scotch Whisky Association director of operational and technical affairs, commented: "By 2020 distillers are committed to 40% of their product packaging being made from recycled materials. </

"Glass accounts for the vast majority of the packaging of Scotch and we welcome supply chain innovation which advances glass recycling." 


By Lucy Purdylucy.purdy@recycleopedia.com


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