Recycling and waste management business Levenseat has announced plans to invest £4m upgrading a new Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which it purchased for an undisclosed sum from Avondale Environmental today. West Lothian headquartered Levenseat says it will introduce new technologies and automated processes at the Falkirk site where it plans to create up to 50 skilled jobs.
The new MRF is designed to process up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, almost doubling Levenseat’s current sorting line capacity. Under its management, the facility will continue to accept waste from existing customers and will also enable the company to expand its public and private sector business across central Scotland.
Improvements to the upgraded MRF will allow it to process and recover a much wider range of materials, including bulky waste, which has traditionally been difficult to recycle and has often ended up in landfill. The Falkirk site will also process mixed household, commercial, industrial, construction and demolition waste. Through its industry experience and investment in the facility, Levenseat says it will introduce new, innovative processes to ensure more of this waste stream is recovered for recycling with remaining un-recyclable materials converted into fuel.
Turmec UK, a company with over 50 years of experience in the engineering and recycling industries, has been appointed to carry out refurbishment and installation of new equipment at the MRF.
The landfills and other associated operations remaining on the Falkirk site will continue to be owned and operated by Avondale Environmental Ltd, part of NPL Group.
Levenseat Managing Director Angus Hamilton said: “Today’s acquisition of the Materials Recycling Facility, which includes the land and associated equipment at the Falkirk site, is a core part of our ambitious strategy.
“We are proud to announce our plans to further automate and upgrade the facility and bring a number of skilled jobs to the site. This will ensure we can fully maximise its capacity to further support customers’ recycling objectives and play our part in the circular economy.
“We will build on our experience and expertise in this area to implement innovative approaches to ensure we maximise recovery from any waste stream going through the new site for recycling or conversion into energy.”
NPL Group Development Director Arran Cameron said “We are delighted to have concluded this transaction with Levenseat that secures the expanded use of this facility and its future to handle ever changing waste compositions and wish Levenseat well in their endeavours and look forward to other successes together.”
Trevor Smart Head of Sales for Turmec in the UK said: “We’re delighted to be working with Levenseat to upgrade its new MRF. This project will involve implementing the latest technology to ensure the new site will operate efficiently and at maximum capacity further underlining Levenseat’s position as a leading Scottish resource management business.”
Levenseat’s acquisition of the MRF is being supported with financing from Virgin Money.
Sandra Gardiner, Relationship Manager at Virgin Money said “Levenseat Ltd is an exciting business with clear ambitions for future growth and we are delighted to continue supporting them, both with the purchase of the new Materials Recycling Facility in Falkirk and their plan to modernise the site to create a first-class efficient recycling facility.”
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Levenseat Ltd has been a key player in the Scottish Waste and Resource Management Sector for over 35 years. The company is an industry leader in converting wastes into resources, leading the way to a more sustainable and low carbon Scotland. Levenseat are committed to developing new innovations to recover the best resources and provide customers with environmental and economic solutions.
Levenseat’s mission is to harness the inherent value of all resources, and they see this as key to truly developing a circular economy. To help achieve this mission Levenseat have developed Scotland’s largest integrated facility that is home to a range of complimentary recycling and recovery processes where synergies can be developed to provide the best solution to the market. These operations range from separation and sale of recyclates to producing and marketing end products created from waste materials. We also recover energy from materials unsuitable for recycling, and our recent development of a heat and power plant ensures that we can offer the complete solution and ensure zero waste to landfill.
Established in 1972, Turmec is a leading international provider of materials handling and recovery solutions to the waste processing sector. It specialises in the end-to-end design and build of complex waste separation and processing systems which are critical for large-scale, efficient waste processing and recycling. Turmec serves some of the largest waste management companies globally including Biffa, Suez and Powerday in the Uk, Thorntons Recycling in Ireland, and Rino Recycling and Bingo Industries in Australia. The business employs 90 people in its headquarters in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht area of Rathcairn Athboy in Ireland, operating from a 66,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and exporting and shipping globally from County Meath.
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About Avondale Environmental
Avondale is a leading waste treatment facility centrally located in the heart of Scotland. Operations include non-hazardous and hazardous landfills, soil treatment and landfill gas-to-energy generation. The site also enjoys planning permission for an Energy from Waste facility. Avondale has been processing waste since 2000 and is widely recognised by local councils and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as being at the forefront of municipal waste treatment in Scotland.
About NPL Group
NPL Group is the UK’s leading group of privately-owned brownfield regeneration, remediation and land development companies. For 20 years, this privately owned group of companies has been carefully put together, refined to create a clear strategy and supported by a simple and repeatable business model. It has positioned itself at the vanguard of UK brownfield land acquisition and redevelopment, nurturing and protecting an enviable reputation for trust, professionalism and conscience in all our dealings. The sites and land are acquired using NPL’s knowledge and experience of local, regional and national requirements. The growing portfolio covers the entirety of the UK across a multitude of client sectors where a strong covenant to manage liability exits for FTSE 100 companies has and continues to provide the company with a constant stream of land opportunities