Viridor has hosted a group of Chinese officials at its Newhouse glass recycling centre in Scotland as China seeks to improve its own recycling system.
Guangdong officials toured the facility to learn about Viridor’s recycling infrastructure from collection to processing, with an emphasis on producing quality materials. The company says Newhouse recovers up to 97% of input materials, achieving up to 99% product purity.
Since launching its National Sword campaign in February to crack down on illegal waste imports, China has been keen to boost the quality of its own recycling standards and of shipments into the country, with paper and plastic in particular under intense scrutiny.
Viridor Resource Management (VRM) managing director Keith Trower said the company was building a network of relationships in China. He welcomed the opportunity to meet representatives from various Guangdong environmental science, monitoring and finance departments, along with members of Allgaier Process Technology, a German machinery specialist.
He said: “There was a good exchange of ideas around the table, especially around the supply chain, the importance of an effective collection capability and the role of customers of glass plants to support recycling.
“VRM is delighted to have made these contacts given the current agenda with regard to environmental concerns over recycled paper processing by mills in China, along with the debate over the quality of imported recycled paper in which Viridor meets international standards.”
Allgaier managing director Dr Cord Schmidthals said: “There is a clear need [in China] for sophisticated technologies to cope with the present challenges to implement respective recycling plants.”