Livingston-based Brewster Bros has opened a new £3.8 million construction waste plant which has the capacity to recycle 400,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste a year. The company says that it is the largest facility of its kind in the UK.
The wet processing plant will provide waste management services and recycled aggregates to builders, construction companies, civil contractors, utility contractors and concrete product producers in Scotland’s central belt. Its launch supports the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy ‘Making Things Last’, which aims to secure 70% recycling of construction and demolition waste by 2020.
The construction waste plant will process and recycle soils and rubble collected from construction sites, turning it into high value sand and gravel. The wet processing system was specifically designed to process difficult construction and demolition waste materials and optimise material recovery.
Brewster Bros is an accredited supplier of Zero Waste Scotland’s Aggregate Quality Protocol Directory.
Commenting on the launch, Scott Brewster, director at Brewster Bros, said: “It’s an exciting day as we officially launch the UK’s largest recycling facility of this type. Our number one aim is to treat and recycle construction and demolition waste as a resource, ensuring zero waste to landfill.
“Through significant investment into state-of-the-art recycling techniques provided by the plant supplier CDE, we are looking forward to shaping the future of the recycling industry across Scotland and beyond.
“This new plant should act as a game-changer for the construction industry, by saving money for our customers and ensuring they can dispose of their construction and demolition waste in a cost-effective and sustainable way.”
Stephen Boyle, strategic programme manager for construction, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “In Scotland the construction sector is responsible for producing nearly half of the country’s waste, and recycling construction and demolition material has a key role to play in minimising that.
“By recycling, we can keep materials out of landfill and in high-value use for longer, reducing the need to quarry finite virgin material and helping the environment. But what the launch of the Brewster Bros recycling plant shows is that by recycling effectively we can also generate investment and create new jobs, which is great news for Scotland.”
All recycled materials from the plant will come with a UKAS accredited quality certification and conform to the requirements for the BREEAM Sustainability Assessment Method for Construction.