Scottish Minister opens Midlothian glass recycling plant

Old beer and wine bottles could soon be filtering Scotland’s drinking water thanks to new glass recycling plant near Bonnyrigg.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead opened the ‘revolutionary’ Dryden Aqua plant, which has the capacity to process a quarter of Scotland’s recycled glass, on November 21.

The £5 million plant at Butlerfield Industrial Estate uses recycled glass to create a ground-breaking water filtration system capable of targeting and removing waterborne parasites and pollutants.

Mr Lochhead said: “This is a revolutionary system from Dryden Aqua which exemplifies the technological and environmental expertise that Scotland is famous for. It is also a major investment in Scotland’s green credentials and places us at the forefront of the move towards a zero waste nation.”