Recycling facility for Inverclyde
A £4 million plant that will turn household waste into valuable resources was officially opened in Inverclyde today.
Materials collected from over 40,000 households and recycling points will be sorted at the new facility. Paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, glass and textiles will all be sorted before being recycled.
Inverclyde Council has received over £11 million from the Executive’s Strategic Waste Fund, to improve kerbside collections of recyclable material, improve recycling centres and points and build and operate the materials recycling facility.
Environment Minister Ross Finnie opened the facility. He said:
‘Inverclyde Council is making real progress in improving recycling, making it easier for residents to recycle. The Council’s recycling rate was 5.5 per cent in 2003-04 and is now expected to reach 20 per cent in 2006. This new facility will also help Inverclyde Council implement its waste management plan and significantly improve their recycling performance.
‘I am pleased to have this opportunity to congratulate Inverclyde Council, and to say thank you to the residents for the contribution they are making to improving Scotland’s recycling record.’
Inverclyde Council received £11.3 million (to 2020) in July 2004, through the Strategic Waste Fund. £4 million of this has been allocated to build and operate this new facility. This funding has enabled the Council to introduce kerbside recycling schemes; improve the existing bring site network and recycling centre provision, undertake education and awareness work; and fund this new material recycling facility.
The new facility is designed to process 9,000 tonnes per year over a normal five day shift period. Once the materials are sorted they are sent to local merchants and reprocessors, such as Stirling Fibre, Wm Tracey Ltd, United Glass and Alcan.
Source: Scottish Enterprise