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The William Tracey Group have launched their newest service in a bid to help customers achieve zero waste targets.
Published 20 July 2010

The Food and Organics recycling service will be supported by the Anaerobic Diegestion plant which is being constructed in partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy and will recycle food waste to generate renewabel energy and organic fertiliser.

The Scottish Government this week released its Zero Waste plan, which is the blueprint by which the country will move toward the goal of recycling 70% of Scotland's waste by 2025.

One area where the plan has a particular focus is on how best to deal with the amount of food & organic waste (estimated at 2 million tons) which Scotland produces every year. The Zero waste plan makes it clear that the government wishes to completely ban these food based materials from landfill sites, and Action Point 8 sends out a clear message on the importance of organic recycling by stating that "The initial focus will be on separate collection of food waste, in order to recover its material and energy value and avoid contamination of other waste materials."

The William Tracey Group however is already ideally placed to help private companies and local authorities to meet the aims of the plan immediately, through the launch of a full food & organic recycling offer where materials collected from its clients premises will be converted to electricity and fertiliser; exactly the type of service the Zero waste plan wants to see rolled out throughout the country.

Stuart Fraser, (William Tracey Group Operations Director), who will be heading up the drive to introduce this new service to businesses across Scotland, said:
"Food and organic waste material is a major contributor to greenhouse gas, and treating it as waste is becoming more expensive as the Landfill tax Escalator increases by £8.00 per ton every year. Organic Recycling allows businesses to make a positive difference to the environment, and to their bottom lines, by creating a zero waste option for food & organic disposal. It's a simple and easy alternative to traditional waste only collections; and its one which should be of interest to every company who handles food & organic products."

A key part of the service will be the Anaerobic Digestion treatment plant, which is being constructed as part of a partnership deal with SSE ("Scottish and Southern Energy"), and will be Scotland's largest biogas plant of this type. The service will provide a recycling route for food, catering and organic materials helping companies across Scotland towards achieving their Zero waste targets.

With the capacity to process around 75,000 tonnes of waste per year, the Anaerobic Digestion plant will not only provide an environmentally friendly alternative to Landfill but will generate renewable energy helping turn waste into a valuable resource in line with the Scottish Governments Renewable Energy targets.

The William Tracey Group, who have committed to investment in a number of waste to energy projects, including a Biomass plant which will be fuelled by sister company Tracey Timber Limited, view these plants as critical components in the recycling framework which local government and private companies will need to reach their environmental goals.


The William Tracey Group is one of the UK's leading recycling and resource management companies which offer a full range of environmental services.

Established in 1948, the company fuses unparalleled industry experience with the latest technologies to deliver bespoke recycling and resource management services for each of its customers. Delivering the highest level of customer service is as important today as ever and the innovative company focuses on this throughout all levels of the organisation, priding itself on long term partnerships which add value to the customer's business.

This information and further details from Justine Anderson at The William Tracey Group
T: 0141 889 3207

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