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Glass goes first in Scottish brokerage service

Glass will be the first commodity to be handled under the Scottish Materials Brokerage Service, a scheme that seeks long-term deals for recyclable materials collected by local authorities.

It is a partnership between councils, the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland which aims to secure better deals for the public sector through economies of scale and to encourage investment in reprocessing recyclable materials.

Expressions of interest have now been sought for the first contracts, expected to begin in July 2016. 

These are offered for between seven and 10 years for mixed and colour-separated glass.

Contracts are expected to be issued in the coming months for dry mixed recycling, residual waste treatment and other single-stream recyclables.

Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead (pictured) told the Scottish Resources Conference in Glasgow: “Glass recycling is a natural starting point for this service.

“It provides Scotland with a great opportunity to create jobs in the circular economy by supplying recycled glass back into packaging for our iconic Scotch whisky industry, as well as to other innovative Scottish companies.”

The Scottish Government estate, NHS Scotland and universities and colleges may join the brokerage scheme later.

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