Europe’s most advanced glass recycling plant opens in Scotland

Viridor has developed what it claims is one of the most hi-tech glass recycling facilities in the world with a £6m investment at its Midlothian site.

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According to the company, the plant will be one of only three of the latest specification technology solutions to be developed across the globe, with similar facilities being developed in France and Australia.

The Bonnyrigg site already hosts a glass recycling facility, with a capacity of 100,000 tonnes per annum, which Viridor obtained through the acquisition of MacGlass in 2003.

The plant recycles container and plate glass from across eighteen Scottish local authority areas and supplies the Scottish container remanufacture, insulation and aggregate sectors.

The latest investment will offer the ability to colour sort mixed glass back to original streams for a high quality recyclate.

Viridor’s scottish regional director Colin Paterson said: “This latest investment will not only bring world leading infrastructure to Scotland, but will place us at the forefront of European glass recycling.”

Maxine Perella

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