Viridor is to invest £6m in glass recycling facilities on its site at Bonnyrigg in Scotland.
The Midlothian plant currently recycles 100,000 tonnes of container and plate glass from 18 local authorities every year.
Viridor claims the ‘next generation’ infrastructure will be one of only three of its type in the world, joining similar facilities in France and Australia.
Colin Paterson, Viridor’s Scottish regional director, said: “This latest investment will not only bring world-leading infrastructure to Scotland, but will place us at the forefront of European glass recycling capabilities.”
Richard Lochhead MSP, cabinet secretary for rural affairs and the environment, said: “Closed loop recycling – glass going back to glass – reduces our consumption of raw materials and helps reduce carbon emission.
“This £6million technology Viridor is investing in will mean that glass can potentially be recycled an infinite number of times, a win-win for our planet and our economy.”