As the world spotlight focuses on the COP26 Summit, Livingston-based construction waste management and recycled aggregates company, Brewster Bros has been named a winner at the Scottish Environment Business Awards for its work in recycling construction, excavation and demolition waste.
Working with the construction sector since 2018, Brewster Bros has saved over 500,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste from landfill. Using its state of the art facilities, it has created more than 400,000 tonnes of recycled products and prevented 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalents) from being created and leaked into the atmosphere. Overall, this has helped customers save over £1.3m on landfill tax and £800,000 on the aggregates levy.
Brewster Bros has achieved this by investing £3.8m in one of the largest construction waste recycling plants in the UK at Pumpherston, West Lothian.
A VIBES finalist in 2019, the family business has continued to help their construction customers cut environmental footprints, while also improving their own internal environmental impact. This work has earned it a VIBES ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ from a shortlist of 12 finalists, which highlights businesses with exceptional commitment to protecting the environment through sustainable business practices.
“All of us at Brewster Bros are delighted to receive a VIBES Outstanding Achievements Award and in the last few weeks we have further improved our environmental performance by switching our fleet of trucks and mobile plant machinery to HVO fuel, reducing their emissions by up to an incredible 90%,” said Managing director, Scott Brewster.
“We are also in the process of installing EV charging points in our carpark, swapping our company cars and vans for electric equivalents and installing solar panels to power our recycling plant on 100% renewable energy. Brewster Bros stood out because of our commitment to creating sustainable products and services to help clean up how the construction industry manages their resources, and also for our dedication to improving our own business practices, ensuring that they are as kind to the environment as possible.”
The VIBES Awards are delivered by a multi-agency judging panel selected from 35 businesses across the country and backed by key economic and business development agencies and leading environmental bodies including The Scottish Government, SEPA, Scottish Enterprise, NatureScot, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland, South of Scotland Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Energy Saving Trust.