£5 million glass processing plant is a step forward for Scottish circular economy

A £5 million plant opened today by Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead could turn a quarter of Scotland’s recycled glass into a high-value water filtration medium.

21 Nov 13

The Dryden Aqua facility in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian uses recycled green glass (cullet) to create a new product which can be adapted to target specific water-borne parasites and pollutants, with markets here and overseas.

Zero Waste Scotland is working with Dryden Aqua to increase the supply of cullet from within Scotland.  At present the company imports its recycled glass, while around a quarter of glass collected for recycling in Scotland is turned into low value products such as aggregate materials.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said:

"By turning a waste material into a high-value product, Dryden Aqua exemplifies the innovation and systems thinking we need more of if we are to achieve our vision for a circular economy in Scotland.  This new plant is a great step forward and we believe that it can open up a long-term recycling market for green glass in Scotland, complementing the demand for clear cullet in bottling for the whisky industry." 

For more information see the Scottish Government press release.

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