Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited Lease Enviroglass

Shetland Amenity Trust is pleased to announce that its glass recycling enterprise, Enviroglass has been leased to a local family business experienced in the precast industry.

Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited started producing precast paving for use in their projects over a year ago but quickly found there was a demand for locally produced paving and outgrew the premises they were in at Quarff. At the same time Shetland Amenity Trust was considering its options with regard to running the Enviroglass site and the possibility of leasing it to Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited was explored.

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Officer at the Shetland Amenity Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working with Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited. Their experience in the precast industry, and ability to offer supply and laying of the pavers will greatly improve the service which can be offered by Enviroglass.”

Along with their own products, Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited will supply all of the products previously produced by Enviroglass, including its 100% recyclged glass aggregates and 80% recycled glass paving, as well as take on all of Enviroglass existing customers.

Bobby Roberts, Director of Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited, said: “Working with the Shetland Amenity Trust is a fantastic opportunity for us and gives us the ability to scale our business far faster than we could have on our own. While we are a very experienced groundworks company, our precasting is a relatively new addition but took off far faster than we had imagined. We quickly outgrew our old premises and were producing our pavers the old fashioned way. This site at Cunningsburgh not only gives us more room but also all the equipment to mechanise and scale up precast production, as well as the ability to produce new aggregate products – garden glass, all in and shotblast.”

The Enviroglass name will still be used, alongside that of Shetland Precast and Groundworks Limited, to highlight which products are produced using recycled glass. Contact details for Enviroglass will also remain the same Website: www.enviroglass.co.uk; e-mail: info@enviroglass.co.uk; tel: 01950 477666.

Shetland Environmental Awards Plaques 2014

Shetland Environmental Award Plaque 2014

Shetland Environmental Award Plaque 2014

Twelve Shetland projects have been acknowledged for demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice with a Shetland Environmental Award made by Enviroglass.

The Shetland Environment Group commissioned Enviroglass to produce the awards plaques for the fourth year in a row. Brian Gregson, Chair of the Shetland Environment Group, said: “Over the last four years Enviroglass has created beautiful bespoke awards which have done justice, not only to the work carried out by the award winners but also to the true nature of the awards.”

Many of the winners commented on how lovely the plaques were and that they were all the more proud of their award as it was made from recycled glass. Of the 12 winners 6 were local schools, some of which also toured the Enviroglass factory. Teachers said that it was great to have the opportunity to let the children see how the plaques were made and gave them a much greater understanding of local recycling and where all of Shetland’s waste glass went.

The Awards were presented by Mr Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland. As well as presenting the awards to the winning groups, Mr Gulland visited the Enviroglass factory in Cunningsburgh to find out more about this social enterprise.  Following the visit Mr Gulland said: “Enviroglass is an innovative venture producing premium products from recycled glass, offering a unique local solution in an island setting which not only solves a waste issue but provides a real economic opportunity in terms of local jobs and enterprise.”

Shetland Environmental Award Winners 2014

Shetland Environmental Award Winners 2014

 

Congratulations to all of the 2014 award winners: Aith Junior High School, Bressay Primary School, Brucehall Extra Care Community Garden, Burravoe Pier Trust, Foula Primary School and Community, Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Highlands Garden, Nesting Primary School, Ollaberry Primary School, Shetland Tannery Ltd, Sound Primary School and Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve.

Pupils report on Enviroglass Visit

Following a tour of the Enviroglass factory, the Anderson High School ASN department have produced a booklet about their visit. Containing lots of pictures, the booklet gives a good overview of what happens at Enviroglass, showing how the islands empty bottles are turned into a range of quality products.

Chris Massie, Factory Manager at Enviroglass, said: “The class were very interested during the tour and asked a lot of questions. It is great to see that they used all the knowledge gained to produce this fantastic booklet. The pupils have done a great job.”

Hilary Conabeer, ASN Teacher, said, “All the pupils were fascinated to see all the different stages of recycling required in order to transform glass bottles into first class products we can all use!”

Pupil Ellie Lynch (14) said, “We all loved the feeling of warm sparkly glass chippings running through our fingers.”

You can download a copy of the booklet here:

Enviroglass presentation

 

Enviroglass Highlighted in Scottish Parliament

Sita Goudie gives presentation to cross party group at Holyrood

Sita Goudie gives presentation to cross party group at Holyrood

Delegates at a special session of the Scottish Government’s Cross Party Group on Architecture and the Built Environment heard how Shetland is utilising its waste glass in an innovative way to produce high quality products.

 

The special session was scheduled to show how using locally sourced building materials is not only good for the environment, but can create skilled jobs and support regeneration – particularly in rural and economically deprived areas.

 

The group heard evidence from members of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (NEES) Project; Richard Atkins of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS); and John Easton of SUSTaim, a carbon footprinting consultancy specialising in the built environment. They were followed by Sita Goudie of Enviroglass, who showed how Shetland has developed a unique way to deal with its waste glass to create a building product with a high recycled content.

 

The meeting was sponsored by Mike MacKenzie, MSP for the Highlands and chaired by Jean Urquhart, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, and supported by Glasgow Caledonian University, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) and Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS).

 

Jean Urquhart MSP described the event as “An extraordinarily good and interesting evening” and promised to help the group take forward the unanimous message that the Scottish Government could unlock significant environmental, economic and social benefits by enabling producers and users of sustainable building materials to compete more equally with more modern mass-produced products.   She was also very impressed with what is happening in Shetland and is hoping to get to Shetland in the new year to visit Enviroglass.

 

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Officer with the Shetland Amenity Trust, which manages Enviroglass said: “This was a great opportunity to show how communities such as Shetland can take an innovative approach to overcome a local waste issue and in the process produce an environmentally sound building product. We have just installed new equipment at Enviroglass, which will enable us to increase our pre-cast production by up to 500%. We hope by raising the profile of our social enterprise at national level we can attract new customers and increase our sales nationally.”

2013 Shetland Environmental Awards

2013 Environmental Awards made by Enviroglass

2013 Environmental Awards made by Enviroglass

 

Eleven Shetland projects have been acknowledged for demonstrating sustainability, innovation and best practice with a Shetland Environmental Award made by Enviroglass.

 

Enviroglass was commissioned by the Shetland Environment Group to produce the awards plaques for the third year in a row.  Enviroglass have yet again created a bespoke plaque with a high recycled content, reflecting the environmental nature of the awards.

 

Polished Award Plaques

Polished Award Plaques show recycled glass content

Brian Gregson, Chair of the Shetland Environment Group, said: “Over the last three years Enviroglass have created beautiful bespoke awards which have done justice, not only to the work carried out by the award winners but also to the true nature of the awards.”

 

The Awards were presented by Mr David Sigsworth, Chairman of The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), and Mr James Curran, Chief Executive of SEPA. As well as presenting the awards to the winning groups, Mr Sigsworth and Curran visited the Enviroglass factory in Cunningsburgh to find out more about this social enterprise.  Following the visit Mr Sigsworth said: “It was great to see an innovative company, working in the community to re-manufacture invaluable materials, making such useful products close to home.”

2013 Shetland Environmental Award Winners

2013 Shetland Environmental Award Winners

 

Congratulations to all of the 2013 award winners: Fair Isle Bird Observatory, Garden and Ecology Trail Sandwick, The Nature Hide at Skeld Marina, Nesting Primary School, Olnafirth Primary School, Shetland RSPB Wildlife Explorers Group, Scalloway Primary School Eco-committee, Shetland Islands Climate and Settlement Project, Shetland Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassadors, Michaelswood, and Rick Nickerson.

Enviroglass Sparkles at Local Shows

Enviroglass Sparkles at Local Shows

Enviroglass has recently exhibited at two local shows, offering visitors the chance to not only see the products Shetland’s waste glass is transformed into but also where it is produced.

Ideal Home Show Visitors

Ideal Home Show Visitors

Visitors to the Cunningsburgh Show had the chance to tour the Enviroglass factory, and view the new aggregate production system, while those who visited the Ideal Homes Show were among the first to see one of Enviroglass new products, polished hearth stones and fire surrounds.

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Officer at the Shetland Amenity Trust which manages Enviroglass, said: “Many islanders do not know what happens to their glass once they put it in the bottle bank. The fact we are recycling it in the islands gives them the opportunity to see both where it is recycled and the final products produced. The tours we gave during the Cunningsburgh Show included tourists as well as islanders, which led to discussion on what happened in the UK Mainland, as well as other countries, and the benefits of Shetland utilising its glass in the islands. The polished hearth stones and fire surround we exhibited at the Ideal Homes Show generated lots of interest and many visitors commented on the quality of the finish, as well as the value for money.”

Fire place on display at Ideal Homes

Fire place on display at Ideal Homes

Enviroglass has taken several orders for polished fire hearths and surrounds. With each piece made to customer specifications, and the patterns of the glass when polished, no two are the same making a truly unique item for the customer.The visitors who toured the Enviroglass factory were very interested in the new aggregate system, which utilises innovative implosion technology. Compared to the old system it will drastically reduce energy consumption and maintenance requirements, as well as improve outputs. The installation is part of a current business development project, enabled through funding from LEADER and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which will significantly increase production capacity and allow new markets to be targeted.

Mrs Goudie added: “Enviroglass is at an exciting stage, with a range of developments planned for 2013 and beyond. These production improvements and new products are just part of our plans.”

 

Scottish Minister Unveils Plaque

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robinson, has unveiled a plaque at Michaelswood to name a new woodland area created by Shetland’s Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassadors.

Shetland's Youth Legacy Ambassadors with, from left, Shona Robinson, Ray & Betty Ferrie, Michaelswood and Chris Massie, Enviroglass

Shetland’s Youth Legacy Ambassadors with, from left, Shona Robinson, Ray & Betty Ferrie, Michaelswood and Chris Massie, Enviroglass

Containing 420 trees, the new area created at Michaelswood is part of a national programme to promote and engage local communities in the lasting benefits of the Glasgow 2014 Games.  Over the past 12 months the ambassadors have worked tirelessly to promote legacy themes, with a particular focus on helping their community become more environmentally responsible and live more sustainably.

Youth Legacy Ambassador, Luke Smith: “We have carried out a range of projects, from encouraging local children to stay active to visiting local environmental projects. We were amazed by the range of environmental initiatives in Shetland, which can help us all to live more sustainably. Enviroglass is a great example of this, transforming our waste glass into high quality products. Our visit there inspired us to commission a recycled glass plaque for the new area we planted at Michaelswood. We worked with Enviroglass on the design and are really thrilled with the final product.”

Enviroglass Factory Manager, Chris Massie, with Ewan Inkster, one of the boys who named the area

Enviroglass Factory Manager, Chris Massie, with Ewan Inkster, one of the boys who named the area

A competition was run throughout Shetland schools to find a suitable name, which features on the plaque designed and made by Enviroglass.  The winning entry, Civitatis Arbores, which translates as Trees of the Commonwealth, was submitted by Ewan Inkster and Sean Walterson from Aith Junior High School.

Chris Massie, Factory Manager at Enviroglass, said: “The Youth Legacy Ambassadors are a real asset to Shetland. They have achieved a tremendous amount which will ensure a sustainable legacy to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It has been a privilege to work with these young people, who have such a regard for our environment. We wish them every success with the rest of their projects and beyond.”

The plaque - Civitatis Arbores translates as Trees of the Commonwealth

The plaque – Civitatis Arbores translates as Trees of the Commonwealth

Enviroglass would like to thank Davy Cooper and Ross Cluness, of the Shetland Amenity Trust, for their help in the design and construction of the plaque.

 

COPE Garden Centre New Outlet for Enviroglass Products

Enviroglass display at COPE Garden Centre

Enviroglass products are now available through the COPE Garden Centre. A partnership between the two local social enterprises has provided a sales outlet in Lerwick for Shetland’s recycled glass pavers.

Sita Goudie, Environmental Improvement Officer at the Shetland Amenity Trust which manages Enviroglass, said: “We are delighted to be working with COPE, and to have an outlet in Lerwick for our products. The Cope Garden Centre has a wonderful range of products and our pavers and garden glass are a natural addition to this. Another benefit of our partnership is that, when people buy our products through the garden centre, they will not only be getting a fantastic recycled product but also supporting two local social enterprises.”

Enviroglass display at COPE Garden Centre

Sarah Jackson, Assistant Manager at COPE LTD, said: “We are really excited about this new partnership, and think the Enviroglass products sit so well in our garden retail area. It gives the customer a chance to see the products in situ, and we can also offer additional products to complement folk’s new patios! COPE supports adults with disabilities to fulfil their expressed need to participate in productive businesses. We are continuing to grow our garden business and our involvement with Shetland Amenity Trust will gives us a new avenue to let people know what we do here at COPE.”

The partnership with COPE is part of Enviroglass development plans for 2013. A current business development project, enabled through funding from LEADER and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will see its production capacity significantly increase which will allow new markets to be targeted. A new website has recently been launched and further marketing materials are in design. There are also plans of partnerships with other projects and development of higher value products.

Display at COPEMrs Goudie added: “Enviroglass is at an exciting stage. We have a range of developments planned for 2013 and beyond which we hope will enable Enviroglass to go from strength to strength. As Enviroglass provides a local recycling solution for Shetland’s waste glass, and our profits are reinvested into environmental projects, ultimately it is Shetland’s environment which benefits. Our partnership with COPE is an integral part of our plans, and will benefit both organisations.”

Enviroglass Secures Funding for Business Development Package

HIE Main Logo RGB2Enviroglass has just secured funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and LEADER to allow them to invest in new technology, reduce production costs and increase capacity.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investing £70,000 in the initiative alongside an additional £70,000 of LEADER funding – enabling the £195,000 project to progress this summer.

By using new implosion technologies specifically designed for glass recycling and adapting a building to enable the installation of a semi-automated production line, the project will increase the efficiency of both aggregate and precast production, helping reduce costs.LEADER Logo

Sita Goudie from Enviroglass/Shetland Amenity Trust, said: “Enviroglass provides a local solution for Shetland’s waste glass, generates jobs within the isles, and removes the financial and carbon costs of shipping our waste to the mainland for recycling. We have developed high quality products made from 80 to 100% recycled glass however, the current methods severely limit our production capacity. The funding from HIE and LEADER will enable us to develop the business in ways we could not have done without the support.”

Mhari Pottinger, HIE’s Head of Strengthening Communities in Shetland, said: “Enviroglass’s activities play a vital role in delivering local waste plans and meeting recycling targets and this project will play a key part in supporting Shetland Amenity Trust’s social objective of encouraging good environmental practise throughout the isles.  The Trust is committed to looking at ways to increase their level of traded activity through their numerous assets and in the long term this project could result in a 500% increase in production capacity and a 60% reduction in unit costs for this part of their operations.”

EU logoTommy Coutts from the Shetland LEADER Programme, said: “This project addresses a number of the key objectives of the LEADER programme, particularly promoting recycling and good environmental practices. It will secure the sustainability of the Enviroglass service through introducing new technology and innovative production methods, and will make a significant contribution to local recycling efforts. For those reasons the local LEADER programme is happy to support this project.”

Developing the business not only supports Shetland’s aspirations of being a more self-sufficient society but, as Enviroglass is a social enterprise, also supports projects which enhance and protect Shetland’s unique environment.Scot Gov Logo

Spiggie Hotel unveil Enviroglass Bar Top

From Beer Bottles to Bar Top

The Spiggie Hotel was pleased to unveil their new Enviroglass Bar Top last Friday surrounded by local patrons and Enviroglass Factory Manager, Chris Massie. Spiggie Hotel Bar Top [1] The bespoke piece, made from 80% recycled glass, was a “fitting return of the glass we recycle and a fantastic opportunity to work with a local business in a novel way” Spiggie owner Keith Massey stated. With a focus on the local community and environmental sustainability, the bar refit also included up-cycled ‘ganzie’ artwork.

The Spiggie Hotel hopes the prominent position of the bar top will help to raise awareness of Enviroglass and promote the increasingly versatile recycled glass products it produces for residential and commercial customers. Many of those at the unveiling quickly made comparisons of the made to measure bar top with the appearance of granite, and made enquiries about bespoke pieces for their kitchen surfaces.

Chris Massie, Factory Manager, said: “We are always trying out new techniques and developing bespoke pieces for our customers, so when Keith approached me to make a bar top I jumped at the chance.  By polishing the surface of the bar we created a granite type finish, but at a fraction of the cost and with a high recycled content, which received a great response at the bar opening. Spiggie Hotel Bar Top [2] We wish Keith and his team many happy years behind the bar and hope its recycled nature will be a talking point with visitors.”

You can find out more about the Spiggie Hotel at: www.thespiggiehotel.co.uk.