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viridor announce £25m glass recycling facility in scotland

24th January 2014

The recycling firm Viridor yesterday confirmed (January 23) its intent to open a £25million glass recycling plant in Newhouse, Lanarkshire this autumn. With a glass recycling capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year, the new facility could be a real prospect for the glass waste recycling industry and could prove fortuitous for glass packaging producers obligated by the producer responsibility packaging waste regulations.

Viridor claims that the facility will be one of the most advanced in Europe and will receive collections from 17 Scottish authorities, guaranteeing the plant 97% of the total glass waste collected in Scotland. The 200k tonne capacity could recycle 150% of all of Scotland’s collected glass packaging, so Scottish Scotch whisky and drinks bottle producers would not need to rely on imported materials and could benefit from domestically reprocessed glass recyclate.

With a claimed 99% recycled product purity, the recyclate once processed would exceed the glass quality requirements for use in Scotch whisky bottling. Gareth Roberts of packaging producer compliance scheme Comply Direct welcomes the news: “Throughout the second half of 2012 and through 2013 obligated glass packaging producers were having to pay high glass PRN prices to meet challenging glass recycling targets but such higher prices have encouraged investment in the UK recycling infrastructure and this announcement by Viridor is to be welcomed. “ “A new UK based facility with a glass recycling capacity of 200,000 tonnes per year will certainly help achieve ongoing remelt recycling targets as the material output from such a facility will be of a high quality.“ 

Zero Waste Scotland director, Iain Gulland, has also welcomed news of the plant: “I welcome this major strategic investment in the Newhouse plant by Viridor, which will bring best-in-class recycling technology to Scotland, helping create jobs directly and further down the supply chain.” “Zero Waste Scotland has worked to stimulate action to develop the circular economy for glass, including through support for new recycling collections infrastructure. This new investment will help capitalise on the unique opportunity we have here in Scotland for a vibrant, world-leading glass reprocessing industry worth millions to our economy.”

For more information about Glass PRNs or packaging waste compliance, get in touch and quote “Glass PRNs” or call 0844 873 1034 to speak with the Comply Direct packaging team.