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UK's largest construction recycling plant opens

23 Aug 18 The largest construction waste recycling plant in the UK has opened its doors in Scotland.

Brewster Bros' recycling centre in Pumpherston
Brewster Bros' recycling centre in Pumpherston

Family business Brewster Bros has invested £3.8m in the new recycling centre in Pumpherston, Livingston, which has capacity to recycle 400,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste per year. The investment includes £2.1m-worth of CDE machinery, including a wet processing system.

The new facility 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 plant can process and recycle soils and rubble collected by Brewster Bros’ fleet of tipper lorries from construction sites into high value sand and gravel – reducing waste disposal costs for Brewster Bros’ customers while maximising waste recovery. The wet processing system was specifically designed to process difficult construction and demolition waste materials and optimise material recovery.

Brewster Bros, which has taken over the recycling business from Henry Gillies (Contractors), forecasts an annual turnover of £3m at the plant.

Director Scott Brewster 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.”

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CDE regional manager David Kinloch said: “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Brewster Bros to create a construction, demolition and excavation waste recycling plant bespoke, to their site and production requirements.

“This large-scale facility incorporates the latest CDE technology and will be a flagship project in Scotland. We wish Brewster Bros every success as they champion the move towards zero waste and embrace the circular economy and look forward to a continued strong partnership in the years to come.”

Stephen Boyle, strategic programme manager for construction at 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, the BRE environmental assessment method.

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