Edinburgh firm opens £2.5m recycling plant

AN Edinburgh waste management firm has opened its new £2.5 million recycling plant in a move which is promised to save 20,000 tonnes of industrial waste from landfill each year.

The investment from NWH Group means it now has access to machinery that features the most up to date technology – including Spaleck waste screening and Westeria air separation equipment. The firm said that it will allow it sort through construction and demolition waste more effectively, allowing the firm to capture 15% more material for recycling.

NWH Group added that the facility will be able to pick up material that older machinery would have missed, and will also operate faster – recycling 45 tonnes of waste per hour, compared to just 15 tonnes per hour with the older system.

The group said that it expects to grow business by 50% per annum over the next three years thanks to the new plant. Currently, the firm services the whole of Scotland and Newcastle from nine sites.

Mark Williams, CEO at NWH Group, commented, “This investment ensures that NWH Group will have the most cutting-edge facility in Scotland and underpins our vision to eliminate waste to landfill.

“Our previous technology limited our scope for growth, but thanks to the funding from HSBC UK, technology is now helping with our speed and efficiency, and has opened up our prospects for growth. The superplant only needs six men to operate it; we previously had to have nine men assisting the machinery, so it’s enabled us to free up some of our staff to help us elsewhere in the business, which is fantastic.”

Marcus Sangster, relationship director at HSBC UK, added, “We’re proud to help NWH Group forge ahead in a way that is both sustainable for the business and the environment with HSBC Equipment Finance. It’s encouraging to see a company with such ambition and strategy in the face of this pandemic and we look forward to seeing how the recycling super plant will benefit both NWH Group and its clients going forward.”