New Northern HQ
Our NEW £13m Eco Park in Shotts, Lanarkshire is the first of its kind in the UK and represents a major change in how medical waste is treated in Scotland.
While efforts have been made to recycle over the last few years it is only now that the full potential of medical waste is being recognised. Waste not fit for recycling has to be disposed of but instead of sending it to landfill it can, in fact, be used as an energy source.
Healthcare Environmental Group is at the forefront of this green energy movement and has just opened the new Hassockrigg Eco Park dedicated to energy recovery and recycling.
The purpose-built facility has been five years in the planning and brings together all the latest advancements in technology and energy recovery. The plant is capable of processing 35,000 tonnes of waste products each year, turning them into energy.
With so much waste being handled by Healthcare Environmental Group the company, began to look at more modern and greener solutions to disposal and around five years ago started planning the Eco Park at Shotts which now houses the headquarters of the company.
The new HQ is on a purpose built 37-acre industrial eco-park and represents Healthcare Environmental's commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and ensuring that our customers benefit from a dedicated site to reduce waste and recover energy. The new facility will not only treat a wide variety of different waste types but will ensure that these items are recovered in green energy and will generate over two megawatts of power every hour. This green energy will be used on site and will ensure that the site’s needs will be virtually self-sufficient. The plant will also produce clean energy for drying and electricity which can be returned to the national grid. This means that other companies – such as industrial processes - will be able to use the power available from the site for their heating or energy requirements.
Dedicated to energy recovery and recycling, the new facility meets the Scottish Government’s commitment to zero waste and ensures the facility is a long-term viable option for dealing with all of Scotland’s medical waste safely and efficiently. The largest private medical waste company within the UK, HEG deals exclusively with all of NHS Scotland’s acute and community hospitals and collects from every hospital, GP surgery, dentists and pharmacy within Scotland. The new plant means that all of Scotland’s medical waste is treated locally, at HEG’s four regional sites within Scotland where Shotts, will now be home to a facility that can recover energy from a previous non recoverable source, this also ensures that we are not reliant on sending waste to Southern England to be treated as previously there was no facility in Scotland to deal with certain wastes.
Over 120 local staff relocated from the existing plant in Shotts and an additional 30 posts will be created to continue the company’s growth plans.
“This latest investment means we retain our commitment to invest in the local economy and ensures that we can compete in the UK market,” Garry Pettigrew, MD Healthcare Environmental Group
The site has been welcomed by politicians from all parties.
Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael said: “This investment and creation of new jobs is good news for Scotland’s economy. It is a big vote of confidence for the skills of the workforce in Lanarkshire and I am sure this new Eco Park will play a valuable role in ensuring Scotland is at the centre of the UK’s low carbon economy. It also underlines Scotland’s great manufacturing strengths and our country’s role as a world leader in harnessing the enormous potential of green energy.”
“This announcement brings with it new jobs, new investment and new opportunities for the people of Lanarkshire. With their skills and technology, Healthcare Environmental can turn waste from the NHS into a renewable source of energy. Not only will this plant support employment in Shotts and the surrounding area, Margaret McCulloch, MSP for Central Scotland, said: it will contribute towards the greening of the Scottish economy and our ambitious carbon reduction targets, which are enshrined in Scotland’s climate change legislation.”
“I am delighted that so many jobs are being safeguarded and created in the Shotts area, one of the areas in Scotland with high levels of unemployment. This facility will service the National Health Service in Scotland and avoid the environmental damage that is done by currently having to transport some waste to England for processing. In Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts said:addition the availability of development opportunities for other manufacturing and processing industries which is a key part of this project is very welcome and I hope many other new jobs will be attracted to this area as a result of such facilities now being available.”
Siobhan McMahon, MSP said: “I was pleased to be able to meet with Healthcare Environmental Group at their Shotts plant recently. Investment in the local economy across Central Scotland is important and the jobs that this investment will bring will be valuable to the local community in Shotts. I wish the company every success and look forward to monitoring their progress in the coming years.”
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