New Fife recycling plant tipped to benefit construction sector

L-R: Pamela Stevenson, service manager economic development at Fife Council; Omer Kutluoglu, co-founder and director of Yes Recycling; Councillor Altany Craik; and John McFarlane, employer engagement co-ordinator at Fife Council

A new ‘state-of-the-art’ recycling facility set to open in Glenrothes has been tipped to positively impact the construction sector.

Buckinghamshire-based Yes Recycling’s new plant features ‘state-of-the-art’ patented recycling technology, which Fife Council said will create 15,000 tonnes of low-grade post-consumer plastic.

The resulting material will be processed into pellets and flake, as well as being used to create a new generation of ‘high strength’ Ecosheet, which is a plywood alternative. The local authority said that the new product is as strong as plywood, has the same pricing, but with a ‘much greater’ lifespan.

The firm is experienced in the recycling of hard-to-recycle plastics, including construction waste streams, as well as bank notes, POS garment hangers, and printed packaging film.

Fife Council said much of the materials recycled is expected to come from Cireco. The Dunfermline-based waste management firm deals with a multitude of waste, including from the construction industry.

Omer Kutluoglu, co-founder and director of Yes Recycling, commented, “Opportunities are limitless for the recycling industry in Scotland, with local authority and government guidance focusing on making a change for the better. Investment in change is evident across Scotland, and for us, Fife is the ideal location for our first plant of this kind.

“We’ve been well supported by Fife Council’s InvestFife services, which have included business and employability support. We look forward to the continuation of this work enabling positive changes to Fife’s environmental sustainability and local economy.

“The installation of machinery and recruitment is imminent. Yes Recycling will be able to open our new facility in late October, which timely coincides with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.”