The £1.3m plant was installed earlier in the year and currently has 800 cubic metres of water filtered through it per day.

The leather manufacturer sources water from both its privately managed and public supplies and consumes on average 42 litres per sq m of hide, which compares to the European average of 85 litres per sq m.

The liquid effluent is currently discharged to licensed treatment plants, following extensive treatment at the company’s onsite facilities.

The company said in its 2012 Environmental Statement: “This investment is the first phase of a project designed to recycle our waste water.

“Additionally we have commenced work on upgrading the existing treatment works at Bridge of Weir with enhanced settlement and solids removal capability”.

The company added: “A new plant is under construction at Andrew Muirhead & Son to reduce our impact on the environment. A strategic review of group effluent treatment and water recycling is also underway to meet the needs of increased future production”.

The company’s environmental statement also reported a 46% reduction in carbon footprint per hide, while waste to landfill has fallen by more than 60%.

Leigh Stringer

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