‘Game changer’ waste site




The UK’s largest recycling plant for construction and demolition waste has opened in Livingston in what is described as “a game changer” for the industry.

Launched by family-run Brewster Bros, the plant is able to recycle 400,000 tonnes a year of construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Material collected from sites by Brewster’s tipper fleet  is recycled into sand and gravel by a wet processing system designed specifically for processing difficult C&D waste.

The company takes over from Henry Gillies, another family-run recycling business, and expects to turn over £3m a year. Director Scott Brewster said: “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.”

Around £2m was invested in equipment from CDE Global. Its UK & Ireland manager, David Kinloch, said the facility incorporated the latest technology and was a flagship project in Scotland.



The plant is fed by an R2500 primary screening unit, which scalps off the oversized +100mm material. Remaining material enters a M4500 modular washing plant that feeds, screens, washes and stockpiles on one compact chassis.

The M4500 produces two washed aggregates (4-40mm and40-80mm) and two sands (0-4mm and 0-2mm). The 4-40mm material passes to an AggMax 253R to ensure maximum product yield from clay-bound materials. Three scrubbed recycled aggregates are produced: 4-10mm, 10-20mm and 20 – 40mm.

Also included are sliding dual sand conveyors that give Brewster the flexibility to blend sand to meet specific grading requirements.

For greater efficiency, the plant incorporates a full water and sludge management system including an AquaCycle A600 thickener which, in combination with the CF8000 centrifuge, ensures 90% of water can be recirculated for immediate reuse in the plant, reducing the need for fresh top-up water.

An Open Day will be held at the Drumshoreland Bing site on September 20.


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Article posted 21/8/2018