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Viridor hosts visit from Swedish Waste Management and Recycling Association

13th September 2017

Viridor has hosted a high-level delegation from the Swedish Waste Management and Recycling Association (Avfall Sverige), giving the group a tour of its £25m Newhouse glass recycling centre in Scotland.

The two-day United Kingdom visit on September 4 and 5 by 25 Swedish delegates was organised by the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Scottish Centre and included meetings with senior Scottish officials on the waste policy.

CIWM Immediate Past President Professor Jim Baird said the event was a great opportunity for Scotland and Sweden, countries with similar populations, to share some of the best practice taking place in the delivery of waste recycling and treatment.

Viridor’s  Regulatory Affairs Director Dan Cooke said: “’It was great to be able to show our visitors from Avfall Sverige around the Viridor Newhouse Glass Recycling Facility, and to discuss and share recycling and resource efficiency best practices and experience between Sweden and Scotland.

“Both countries have ambitious strategies to further push resource efficiency for households and businesses, and we’re always looking to develop and improve service’s where we can.”

Avfall Severige CEO Weine Wiqvist described the Newhouse glass recycling centre as “state-of-the-art”, adding that glass recycling played an integral role in the circular economy, saving resources and energy.

Newhouse – the UK’s most advanced glass recycling centre – recovers up to 97% of input materials, achieving up to 99% product purity and generating a high quality recycled product for remelt.

Avfall Sverige, founded in 1947, has 400 members from both the public and the private waste management and recycling sectors.

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