Thompson is a zero hero

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A Scottish quarry group that set out to tackle the increasing cost of aggregates has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Thompson Recycling and Landfill, a subsidiary of Dumbarton-based Thompson Quarries Group, was formed in 2014 to address a number of industry issues including the price of construction aggregates, dwindling landfill resources and tougher legislation.

Since then the business has invested heavily in equipment and research and last year hit its target of zero waste to landfill by achieving 100% recycling of inert soil and construction waste.

Managing director Andrew Thompson said: “Sustainability is so important for us and our customers. We hope our work sets a precedent for others in the industry and alters the perception of the ability to find valid, sustainable and cost-effective recycling solutions across all sectors.

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William Thompson & Son was established in 1946 as a horse and cart coal delivery and is now a 4th generation family business with interests in quarrying, recycling, plant hire, haulage and readymix concrete. The award acknowledges the company’s efforts in “achieving zero waste to landfill by treating and recycling inert waste as a resource”.

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