Brewster Brothers invests £6m in second recycling plant

Alex and Scott Brewster at the current Livingston site

BREWSTER Brothers is investing £6 million in a second recycling plant near Cumbernauld.

The firm’s Livingston site has diverted over one million tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation (CDE) waste from landfill over the last five years, and created more than 750,000 tonnes of recycled aggregates.

The company is now investing heavily in a second wash plant capable of recycling a further 300,000 tonnes of CDE waste per year for re-use in the building trade. The new plant will serve construction sites, housing and utilities developments in the western central belt.

The expansion is said to reflect the growing recognition within the construction industry of the need to meet sustainability targets and adopt circular business models. Recycling CDE waste through Brewster Brothers’ wash plant recovers 100% of the soil, sand, gravel, and stone, which are reprocessed into high-value products for reuse.

Having signed a lease to redevelop the derelict Gartshore brickworks near Cumbernauld, the regenerated site is open for tipping of soil and rubble now, and will be fully operational by autumn 2023. 22 new members of staff will be employed, supported by the Green Jobs Fund.

The Livingston plant, which currently employs 39, will continue to provide waste management services and recycled aggregates to businesses in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

As part of Brewster Brothers commitment to the Gartshore site, the firm revealed the old bing of colliery waste will be recycled, and the area will be turned into a country park for the local community, helping to promote biodiversity as well as provide new recreational spaces.

Scott Brewster, the MD of Brewster Brothers, set up the sustainable resource management business in 2017 alongside his father, Alex Brewster, with recycling and reuse of aggregates its sole purpose.

He explained, “Construction is an important driver of the Scottish economy and because of that, there is a growing imperative to reduce the waste generated and improve the environmental impact of new building developments and infrastructure projects. With the plant we have it is possible to turn CDE waste into quality aggregates for reuse, diverting tonnes of waste from landfill and providing a valuable flow of resources when supplies are increasingly under pressure.

“By investing in a second site at Gartshore, we will be able to service 44% of the Scottish construction market, while keeping our own carbon footprint to a minimum. We are a business dedicated to waste recycling and reuse and want to work in partnership with contractors to help them reach their sustainability goals.

“Scotland has big ambitions for transitioning to a circular economy and increasing the number of green jobs. Ours is both an innovative and a pragmatic approach to working with one of the country’s biggest generators of waste to improve environmental practice and raise awareness of the sustainable options available.”