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NRAs 2018: Recycling Facility of the Year

WINNER: Hamilton Waste & Recycling

Hamilton Waste & Recycling is a family-owned and -run facility based in the Lothians, Scotland. It has an annual turnover of £10.4m, projected to rise to £14.4m by 2022. It services the construction waste requirements of many of the largest UK construction companies and local authorities across the central Scottish region.



The company has consistently sought out recycling solutions for its clients, from plasterboard and mattresses, to carpet and now plastics. Each time it has created custom-built plants designed for its own methods of recycling.

In the past year it has become the only business with PAS 402 accreditation for construction recycling in Scotland. Its recycled plasterboard product for farming has received PAS 109 accreditation, and it is Scotland’s only automated mattress recycler.

recycling facility of the year

recycling facility of the year

Hamilton has plans to double the size of its buildings on-site by 2019 to allow it to increase its timber and aggregate recycling operations. Timber is currently recycled by a composite board manufacturer which supplies the material back to its construction industry clients.

Hamilton is also partnering research into using recycled plastic in roads, an initiative by MacRebur. In the future, it is planning to start in-house granulation on a greater scale to create the special mix required for a client to put waste construction plastic into asphalt.

JUDGES’ COMMENT: “A great model which has grown in response to customer needs. They are dealing with difficult waste streams and developing research, as well as showing best practice in their employment of veterans and work with education partners.”

This would reduce the carbon footprint of the product, allowing Hamilton to take waste from a large contractor, recycle the plastic content and use it in asphalt through MacRebur as a bitumen substitute. This could then be used in roads for projects where the waste was removed from, such as hospitals or school builds.

The company is working with Herriot Watt University to further develop end uses for recycled plastics, and partners with schools, universities and colleges on projects and learning collaborations. Demonstration of best practice includes employing veterans of the Armed Forces, and it will soon be signing the Armed Forces Covenant.


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