A £500M motorway improvement project has become one of Scotland’s largest recycling schemes, reusing more than 90% waste.
Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) and contractors Ferrovial Lagan Joint Venture and Amey are using a green approach for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, which will upgrade Scotland’s central motorway network.
It includes reusing waste material from demolished roads and using more than 1M.t of treated earth for engineering fills and embankments, saving 200,000 hours of lorry journeys to the site.
The recycling methods used on the project are both cost effective and better for the environment, according to SRP general manager Gabriel Valtueña-Ramos.
“Recycling is an issue we have taken seriously on this project from the outset,” he said.
“We set ourselves high standards which has delivered real benefits.
“Not only have we been more environmentally friendly, but we have also allowed more money to be saved through recycling and invested elsewhere in the project.”
The M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvement Project includes the construction, operation, maintenance and finance of the scheme’s roads for more than 30 years.
It is the largest contract to be awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s £2.5bn non-profit distributing model.