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Circular Economy – an example


There has been a lot of talk in the press recently about circular economies and the environment. With that in mind we are delighted to announce that a client of ours, Brewster Bros. Ltd, a family run business based in Livingston, are launching the largest recycling plant in the UK. This new high-tech facility in Scotland’s central belt will provide waste management services and recycled aggregates to builders, construction companies, civil contractors, utility contractors and concrete product producers.

The plant features a highly efficient, state-of-the-art CDE wet processing system which has the capacity to recycle 400,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste per year.  It 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.

This supports the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy ‘Making Things Last’, which aims to secure 70% recycling of construction and demolition waste by 2020.

Due to its Quality Management Systems, Brewster Bros is an accredited supplier of Zero Waste Scotland’s Aggregate Quality Protocol Directory.

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.”

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.”

David Kinloch, CDE Regional Manager UK & Ireland, 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.”

Brewster Bros and CDE will be officially opening the largest C&D waste recycling plant in the UK on Thursday 20th September 2018. If you are interested in registering for the open day please do so here or here

For more information about the project click here