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Scott Group welcomes multi-million pound glass recycling plant in Scotland

Scott Group, says it is delighted to be welcoming Viridor, Scotland’s leading resources and renewables partner, to develop the UK’s most advanced glass recycling centre at its site in Newhouse, Lanarkshire.

Scott Group has played a pivotal role in facilitating this move by Viridor, working alongside the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and North Lanarkshire Council, to secure Viridor’s £25m investment in this new world-class facility.

Robert Maclean, Group Board Director at Scott Group, said: "We are delighted and proud to be supporting Viridor to bring this significant investment to Scotland. It will undoubtedly revolutionise the way our country recycles and sources its glass and as such, we see it as a huge benefit to our own customer base including those operating in the whisky and insulation sectors which will no longer have to rely on using imported glass for their end product."

This deal marks a significant step forward for Scotland by placing it at the forefront of glass recycling and is revolutionary for all industries which use glass.

The ‘next generation’ facility will use the most advanced recycling technology from across the world, capable of recycling up to 200,000 tonnes of glass each year, with its ‘scientific eye’ optical sorters, x-ray sorters, and ½ km of conveyor belts. The facility will be able to produce 99% pure glass which is necessary for premium product packaging used by the whisky and drinks sectors in Scotland.

One of Scott Group’s key customers, Superglass, is the UK’s leading independent supplier of glasswool insulation, and will undoubtedly benefit from the deal. Superglass CEO Alex McLeod, said: "We are delighted by Viridor’s announcement of investment in a "next generation" glass recycling plant. We have been a long term partner of Viridor, converting a significant share of their processed glass into insulation, helping householders and other businesses reduce energy costs and contributing significantly to Scottish and UK Government’s carbon reduction targets. The step change in 99% product purity that the new plant will provide, combined with our own recently completed £7.5m investment programme will make Superglass one of the most efficient glasswool plants in the UK."

The Scott Group has grown considerably over the past 25 years through numerous strategic acquisitions and organic growth across the UK and in to Europe to become the UK’s market leading and largest pallet supplier, the fastest growing packaging provider and a leading supplier of essential trade supplies such as tools, work wear and corporate clothing. It also operates a portfolio of commercial property throughout the UK.

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