In December 2013, we signed a large, long-term contract with a major paper manufacturer in Scotland which would provide the depot with a guaranteed intake of 10,000 tons per annum of high grade recovered paper. In order to provide the processing and handling capacity that would be required of the contract, Highlander acquired various assets which allowed us to provide a first class service to all of our customers. Highlander took ownership of our Linwood Avenue site on 14th April 2014 with view to turning it into an outstanding, modern recycling facility capable of processing up to 1000 tons of recovered paper per week.
We also purchased and installed modern, safe and efficient recycling machinery to allow us to process all the materials we were receiving at that time and to allow us to grow in a responsible and sustainable manner. We now have a Lindemann Bigro 120 fully automatic baling press and an Imabe 100H fully automatic baling press, giving us the largest baling capacity of any independent recycling company in Scotland. Coupled with a 2.7 meter wide BOA reel splitter, Hammermill shredder, 6 JCB Tele-trucks, 2 JCB material grabs and various other plant and machinery, this represents one of the most modern, safe and cost effective recycling capacities in the land!
In 2016 Highlander launched its confidential waste destruction service to the market, employing 3 full-time staff with a dedicated office for handling all aspects of our shredding customer’s requirements and to help grow this division of our business. The unprecedented success of this service launch and significant increase in volumes, resulted in an investment of £150,000 to relocate the shredding area to a dedicated, fully secure area with a brand new Ulster 45 shredder, re-furbished PALL baler and elevated mezzanine viewing area complete with CCTV camera systems and fob controlled security access systems.
Today, we also have fully alarmed and monitored site, electronic security entry control and security barrier, meaning your recovered paper is recycled in a secure manner with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.