Ace to boost workforce with council recycling deal

Alloa-based Ace Recycling has landed a deal worth more than £500,000 to step up household collection services for North Lanarkshire Council.

Ace has won a glass recycling deal with North Lanarkshire Council. Picture: Esme Allen

Under the deal, the community enterprise will collect glass bottles and jars from about 100,000 households across the region over the next 18 months.

At least ten new jobs and up to 12 trainee placements will be created as a result of the contract, worth about £576,000, which is expected to divert an extra 10,000 tonnes of glass from landfill and could save the council at least £500,000 in landfill tax charges each year.

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“North Lanarkshire is one of Scotland’s largest local authorities and we are proud to be working with them in improving the recycling of glass waste,” said Malcolm McArdle, managing director of Alloa Community Enterprises.

“Proper waste management not only saves money but creates new jobs and helps grow Scotland’s recycling and reprocessing industry.

“We work with a number of local authorities, businesses and communities across Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Lanarkshire, West Lothian, Glasgow, and Edinburgh diverting almost 20,000 tonnes of waste from their civic amenity sites every year and ensuring glass is collected directly from business premises and households.”

Ace, a registered charity, currently employs more than 40 full-time staff. It has been working with Falkirk Council over the past eight years to supply a kerbside service to more than 60,000 households.