Galvanizing firm aiding recycling

A Glasgow firm is playing its part in a multi-million pound recycling and renewable energy development which is set to be fully operational by 2016.
Scottish Galvanizers has teamed up with BSB Structural to provide its specialist molten-zinc treatment to over a thousand tonnes of steel to help create the new Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) in Polmadie.
Once complete, the centre is expected to handle 200,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and divert 90% of green bin waste from landfill.
The new centre, which is being managed by Viridor, is at the heart of Glasgow City Council’s programme to regenerate its existing waste depot at Polmadie.
In addition to its enhanced waste capacity, it will offer professional, skilled and new entrant jobs, and will incorporate facilities and programmes to promote environmental education.
Paul Tait, Customer Service Manager of Scottish Galvanizers, said, “There’s currently a massive increase in the number of energy from waste plants across the UK, as they are considered an environmentally and financially-viable method of creating renewable energy.
“This is a hugely important project which will bring long-term benefits. Galvanizing the steelwork used to build the plant will provide long-lasting protection against rust and corrosion, helping to ensure the longevity of the structure.”
Alan Brown, Production Director of BSB Structural, added, “We’re delighted to work in partnership with Scottish Galvanizers on such a prestigious project. It’s set to lead the way in renewable energy and because it’s been designed to revert waste into landfills and reuse green waste, it’s going to benefit the environment and the local community, as well as save millions of pounds.
“As the steel will be exposed to the elements, it’s hugely important for it to be properly protected, which in addition removes the need for regular maintenance.”