Buckinghamshire-based, privately-owned recycling specialist, Yes Recycling has announced its plans for a state-of-the-art recycling facility in Glenrothes, Fife with the creation of up to sixty jobs.
Yes Recycling, an experienced recycler of hard-to-recycle plastics (including bank notes, POS garment hangers, printed packaging film and post-industrial and construction waste-streams) has invested multiple millions of pounds into the mid-Fife facility, which will open in late October.
It has received £520,000 from the Circular Economy Investment Fund, administered by Zero Waste Scotland with funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the Scottish Government.
The plant will feature new state-of-the-art patented recycling technology and will recycle 15,000 tonnes per annum of low-grade post-consumer plastic. This will then be processed into pellets and flake, as well as creating a new generation of high strength Ecosheet, an alternative to plywood.
The new generation Ecosheet will positively impact the construction and manufacturing sectors. The new product is as strong as plywood, in line with plywood pricing, and with a much greater life span than plywood. Ecosheet also diminishes the environmental impact that plywood has as it is recyclable at end of life.
Much of the recycling material for the factory will come from Dunfermline-based Cireco, as well as some commercial streams.
The new factory will create up to 60 jobs, which recruitment started for in August, for a wide range of roles including office management and facility floor.
Omer Kutluoglu, Co-Founder and Director of Yes Recycling, commented:
“Opportunities are limitless for the recycling industry in Scotland, with local authority and government guidance focusing on making a change for the better. Investment in change is evident across Scotland, and for us, Fife is the ideal location for our first plant of this kind.
“We’ve been well supported by Fife Council’s InvestFife services, which have included business and employability support. We look forward to the continuation of this work enabling positive changes to Fife’s environmental sustainability and local economy.”
“The installation of machinery and recruitment is imminent. Yes Recycling will be able to open our new facility in late October, which timely coincides with the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.”
Scottish Development International (SDI) and Fife Council Economic Development’s InvestFife services have been working in partnership to assist with business and employability support, which has helped Yes Recycling’s innovative and sustainable project come to fruition in Fife.
Mark Hallan, Director of Global Investment, SDI at Scottish Enterprise, said:
“Yes Recycling’s plans for a new facility in Fife will not only provide a jobs boost to the region, but also support Scotland’s sustainable, green ambitions.
“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 organisations, such as InvestFife. Yes Recycling’s decision to locate in Glenrothes shows that collaborative approach is delivering results.”
Opportunities Fife is supporting with the recruitment of up to 60 new roles, enabling skills matching and career progression for the local community, whilst Business Gateway Fife has provided support with alternative financing options through public and private agencies, workforce upskilling and access to Expert Help resources, including brokering relationships with a variety of local partner organisations to ease the transition into the Fife economy.
Councillor Altany Craik, Convenor - Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee, welcomed the launch of the new recycling facility. He said:
“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.
“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.”