Yes Recycling, which spearheaded plastics recycling as a company, has chosen Scotland to invest in sustainable business and to put efforts towards environmental protection thereby.
Based in Buckinghamshire, this is a privately-owned recycling group, that has now closed-in on Glenrothes to establish its high-tech reprocessing unit which would also give way to 60 new jobs locally.
Yes Recycling is rightly remarked as the one leading innovation in the field and has put-in millions of pounds in its new site located in Fife, which would get operational by next month.
Clearly, the company has been at the forefront in Scotland on sustainable uses for items that are hard to recycle, such as:
- hard hats,
- clothes hangers,
- printed packaging film e.g. sweet and crisp wrappers,
- post-industrial and construction waste-streams,
- bottle caps.
The company aims at in-putting plastic waste from all across Fife and turning it into “Ecosheet” which is regarded as the game-changing option to plywood.
Ecosheet would imbibe a similar degree of strength like plywood and would be priced equally too but would long last. Besides, such is also recyclable unlike plywood and therefore, can lessen the impact upon the environment, especially from industries like construction and manufacturing.
There would be used a recycling framework which is patented and would remodel about 15,000 tonnes of used plastic into pellets and flake and would also create durable plywood with the useless residue.
Mr Omer Kutluoglu, who co-founded Yes Recycling and is now its Director, unclogs, “Unlike other products, Ecosheet is created using mixed polymers, utilising what other manufacturers throw away. Flexi plastics will always be a controversial material – as a business we are focused on educating others on the positives of this resource, and the opening of our new facility timely coincides with COP26 in Glasgow.”
Even though this is their recent appearance in Fife, but Yes Recycling appears at the forefront when one considers the recycling of goods in the UK and their innate passion has taken them to discover ways of reusing plastics.
Their National Hard Hat Scheme is the instance of sea-change which this company sweeps across in the UK and its members have pledged to prevent hard hats from going landfills.
The ultimate aim behind Yes Recycling efforts is to ensure a positive impact on the environment and with a hearty economic strategy that is sustainable. Zero Waste Scotland has also pitched in £520,000 sourced from Circular Economy Investment Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government.
Not mincing words, the new facility would have a great outcome for the local economy as Andrew Dickson, Business Investment Manager at Zero Waste Scotland describes, “Yes Recycling’s new facility in Glenrothes is an excellent illustration of the supply chain collaborating and how the Circular Economy Investment Fund works.
The fund exists to support innovative projects and businesses and in this case, helps Yes Recycling to manufacture reusable products that maximise the value from goods we already have in circulation while at the same time generating economic growth and creating jobs.”
Now to supplement material to the site, for being recycled, a prominent resource management service Cireco, based in Dunfermline, is being roped in, while other groups have also placed interest in the scheme.
Mr Robin Baird, COO Cireco, considers a lot of things as common between the two companies as he shares, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Yes Recycling to deliver this innovative new project. Yes Recycling and Cireco have shared values in ensuring that previously hard to recycle plastics can now become valuable resources, and help support the delivery of Scotland’s circular economy. This continues Cireco goals of ensuring that Fife continues to be seen as open to innovation in the delivery and expansion of the green economy.”
Arguably, Omer Kutluoglu firmly believes that the new Scottish branch location is the most idyllic, “Opportunities are limitless for the recycling industry in Scotland with the local authority and government guidance focusing on making a change for the better, for the environment and our planet. Investment in change is evident across Scotland, and for us, Fife is the ideal location for our first plant of this kind.”
He further adds, “We’ve been well supported by Fife’s inward investment, business support and employability teams, and look forward to continuing to work with them to make positive changes to Fife’s environmental sustainability and local economy.”
Yes Recycling looks for skilled staff and Opportunities Fife supports it here. From office management to overlooking factory operations, there are several new job openings.
Further, Business Gateway Fife has also come out in support of the project, which is in form of financing options, through public and private groups to further advance the Fife economy. No doubt, such four-square support is likely to encourage skill hunt, upskilling and strengthening livelihood options among the local community.
At this juncture, Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee to point out,
“The announcement by Yes Recycling is testimony to the attractiveness of Fife as an accessible and desirable location for such an innovative enterprise. I’m excited to see the new facility in operation later this year, and to understand more about how, as a region, we can be smarter with waste.”
He further added, “This is a particularly welcome inward investment within mid-Fife. In the current environment, it really is a fantastic opportunity for Glenrothes and its local community. The positives are boundless in terms of creating jobs, supporting the local economy, as well as strengthening our commitment to the local Climate Action Plan and sustainability.”
A Collective Approach To Sustainability In Scotland With Renewed Commitment:
This new location is the outcome of successful understanding among public and private businesses, who go along to support the underlying devotion of Scotland to sustainability. In fact, Scottish Development International (SDI) along with InvestFife (Fife Council’s Economic Development Team) has joined hands with Yes Recycling to bring in new stakeholders.
Mr. Mark Hallan, Director of Global Investment at SDI Scottish Enterprise, reveals, “Yes Recycling’s plans for a new facility in Fife will not only provide jobs boost to the region but also support Scotland’s sustainable, green ambitions.”
He further made the addition, “As part of our ongoing efforts to attract inward investment to all of Scotland’s communities, SDI is committed to working in partnership with regional organizations, such as InvestFife. Yes Recycling’s decision to locate in Glenrothes shows that collaborative approach is delivering results.”
Window To The Future:
Yes Recycling seeks to motivate local authorities to reckon different ways through which, greener solution to their waste could be sought, such as:
- new sorting processes
- flexi-plastic kerb collection options
- recyclable plastic tax reforms
- improving recycling rates
All of these collaborators fully understand the worth of this site in Fife that it would prove to be the cornerstone in repurposing plastics and would push the climate change goals of Scotland further.