A NEW ‘world-class’ beverage container recycling plant for Borders is expected to create up to 29 new jobs, it has emerged.
Biffa Waste Services has won a very prestigious contract to operate a deposit return system in Scotland.
Deposit-refund systems help combat the throw-away culture and are a proven way to collect large amounts of empty beverage containers for recycling.
The new scheme aims to make Scotland a ‘cleaner, greener place’.
High Wycombe-based Biffa is now seeking a legality certificate from the Scottish Borders Council to operate a consolidation station on land south of HE Builders in Carlaw Road in the Pinnaclehill industrial estate on the outskirts of Kelso.
Kelso Bulking Station would be used to consolidate recyclable bottles and cans that have been collected from area establishments that are registered with the scheme, before transporting them to a counting center to be developed in Grangemouth.
The consolidation station will process approximately 4,700 tonnes of material each year, which equates to 13 tonnes per day.
The program will include all single-use beverage containers made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, metal and glass and will cover both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
A Biffa report submitted in support of the application stated: “The proposed consolidation station would result in significant job creation, as Biffa estimates that the installation would generate up to 29 full-time jobs at the site.
“Jobs would range from workshop operators, drivers, office staff to logistics staff which Biffa would seek to fill locally.
“It is important to Biffa that as many positions as possible are filled locally and therefore comprehensive training would take place, thus improving the skills of the local workforce with opportunities for career progression within Biffa. .
“It is clear that the need for the installation is crucial as part of the delivery of the Deposit Return System across Scottish borders. It will play a crucial role in increasing recycling rates, reducing the use of virgin materials, reducing CO2 emissions, combating climate change, reducing waste, creating jobs and achieving a circular economy where nothing is wasted and energy consumption is minimized.