Scottish Materials Brokerage Service plans first glass recycling contracts

8 October 2015 (Last Updated October 8th, 2015 18:30)

The Scottish Materials Brokerage Service has announced plans for its first waste and recycling contracts that will include long-term deals for glass recycling.

The Scottish Materials Brokerage Service has announced plans for its first waste and recycling contracts that will include long-term deals for glass recycling.

Expected to be valid for seven to ten years, the deals will involve recycling separately collected glass, which will include provision for both mixed glass and colour-separated glass.

The entity is also likely to issue separate contracts for dry mixed recycling and residual waste treatment contracts, along with others for single stream recyclables, including cans and plastic bottles.

Scottish Government environment secretary Richard Lochhead said: "High-quality recycling is a key element of delivering our ambitions for a circular economy in Scotland and our unique brokerage service is a vital part of achieving that.

"By working together with councils we can help to develop markets for recycled materials here in Scotland."

"By working together with councils we can help to develop markets for recycled materials here in Scotland.

"Glass recycling is a natural starting point for this service. It provides Scotland with a great opportunity to create jobs in the circular economy, by supplying recycled glass back into packaging for our iconic Scotch whisky industry, as well as to other innovative Scottish companies."

The brokerage firm is a collaborative service formed by local authorities, the government of Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland, which is aimed at selling secondary glass in the country.

Zero Waste Scotland CEO Iain Gulland said: "Glass has properties that make it an ideal focus for high-quality recycling in Scotland, as it can be indefinitely recycled without significant loss of quality, as well as supporting indigenous industries here in Scotland.

"This is an important step forward and the first of a number of contracts through the brokerage service that will support Scotland's ambitions for a circular economy."