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Largest Recycling Plant Of It’s Kind in The UK Opens its Doors

Aug 19, 2018 | News

Brewster Bros’ new state-of-the-art recycling facility in Scotland’s Central Belt is now fully operational.

Brewster Bros, a family-run business in Livingston, is officially launching the largest recycling plant in the UK. The plant, featuring a CDE state-of-the-art wet processing system, will provide waste management services and recycled aggregates to builders, construction companies, civil contractors, utility contractors and concrete product producers from its new high-tech facility in Scotland’s central belt.

The recycling facility includes £3.8m of investment including high efficiency CDE equipment, with a capacity to recycle 400,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste per year. This new facility supports the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy ‘Making Things Last’, which aims to secure 70% recycling of construction and demolition waste by 2020.

The plant can process and recycle soils and rubble collected by Brewster Bros’ fleet of tipper lorries from construction sites into high value sand and gravel – reducing waste disposal costs for Brewster Bros’ customers while maximising waste recovery. The wet processing system was specifically designed to process difficult construction and demolition waste materials and optimise material recovery.

Due to its Quality Management Systems, Brewster Bros is an accredited supplier of Zero Waste Scotland’s Aggregate Quality Protocol Directory.

The company takes over from an established family-run recycling business, Henry Gillies. Thanks to increased investment, Brewster Bros forecasts an annual turnover of £3m at the recycling facility, which will boost the local economy and provide further job opportunities on top of all 20 job roles retained from the previous owner.

Scott Brewster, Director at Brewster Bros, said:

 “It’s an exciting day as we officially launch the UK’s largest recycling facility of this type. Our number one aim is to treat and recycle construction and demolition waste as a resource, ensuring zero waste to landfill.

 “Through significant investment into state-of-the-art recycling techniques provided by the plant supplier CDE, we are looking forward to shaping the future of the recycling industry across Scotland and beyond. This new plant should act as a game-changer for the construction industry, by saving money for our customers and ensuring they can dispose of their construction and demolition waste in a cost-effective and sustainable way.”

David Kinloch, CDE Regional Manager UK & Ireland, said:

 “I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Brewster Bros to create a construction, demolition and excavation waste recycling plant bespoke, to their site and production requirements.

This large-scale facility incorporates the latest CDE technology and will be a flagship project in Scotland. We wish Brewster Bros every success as they champion the move towards zero waste and embrace the circular economy and look forward to a continued strong partnership in the years to come.”

Stephen Boyle, Strategic Programme Manager for Construction, Zero Waste Scotland, said:

 “In Scotland the construction sector is responsible for producing nearly half of the country’s waste, and recycling construction and demolition material has a key role to play in minimising that.

“By recycling, we can keep materials out of landfill and in high-value use for longer, reducing the need to quarry finite virgin material and helping the environment. But what the launch of the Brewster Bros recycling plant shows is that by recycling effectively we can also generate investment and create new jobs, which is great news for Scotland.”

 All recycled materials from the plant will come with a UKAS  accredited quality certification and conform to the requirements for the BREEAM Sustainability Assessment Method for Construction.



  •     For further information on Brewster Bros, please contact:

Roger Hastings
Sales Manager
01506 431 321
[email protected]

  •     For further information on CDE Global, please contact:

 Catherine Crilly
028 8621 4249
[email protected]

  •     For further information on Zero Waste Scotland, please contact:

Harriet Brace
Zero Waste Scotland
01786 237 342
[email protected]

Notes to Editors:

About Brewster Bros (for further information):

  •     Brewster Bros Ltd is a construction, demolition and excavation waste (Construction & Demolition waste) disposal company providing waste management services and recycled aggregates to builders, construction companies, ground workers, utility contractors and concrete product producers.
  •     The plant is on Drumshoreland Bing, Pumpherston, Livingston and was formerly a shale oil waste heap locally known as a “bing”.
  •     As part of Brewster Bros commitment to high environmental standards, the recycling plant operates a zero waste to landfill policy. 100% of the waste processed is recycled in to high quality aggregate products that meet industry standards.
  •     Renewable Energy: The recycling plant is powered on a renewable electricity tariff, further reducing the carbon footprint of products.
  •     Water recycling: Brewster Bros is committed to reducing the environmental impact of all operations and recycle 90% of the water used on-site.

About CDE Global:

  •     CDE is a leading provider of wet processing equipment for quarries, mines and recycling operations on the global market.
  •     The CDE equipment range has applications across a wide range of materials and is delivering significant efficiencies in the construction and recycling, mining, specialist industrial sands and environmental sectors.  
  •     Working across 5 sectors and 8 regions CDE has been co-creating with customers for over 25 years to deliver collaborative, imaginative and unique processing systems.
  •     The CDE Global Design Headquarters are located in Northern Ireland and the company also has bases in Kolkata, India to serve the Asian market, São Paulo, Brazil to serve the Latin American market, Ormeau, Australia, to serve the Australasian market, Dubai, UAE, to serve the MENA market, and North Carolina and Texas, USA, to serve the North American market. CDE also has a team based in sub-Saharan Africa.

About Zero Waste Scotland:

  •     Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  •     Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the European Structural Funds Programme and the Scottish Government. Find out more at www.resourceefficientscotland.org.uk
  •     The Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme Fund is administered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF