OUR COMPANY. OUR HISTORY. OUR PROMISE.
Highlander was formed in 2002 by Brian Bingham and Stephen Duffy, with a view to offering a reliable and competitive brokering service, initially exporting 3 containers of plastics every week. The company grew dramatically in a short period of time and in 2005, we changed the company name to “Highlander International Recycling” to accurately reflect the multi material trading activities of the company. At this stage in our evolution, Highlander International regularly bought over 100 loads every week of recovered paper from all over Britain and Ireland, supplying many large paper mills all over the Far East, UK and Europe.
We continued to build on the solid foundations laid down by the directors and as of 2010 we had outgrown our original offices in terms of business turnover and staff numbers. In 2011, we relocated to new purpose built offices in East Kilbride, on the former site of the famous recycling company John W Hannay.
Later that year, the Directors decided to rent a warehouse on the same site allowing us to bring in small deliveries of recovered paper from the local area and bulk these up into full 25 ton loads of various grades of recovered paper. This was a subtle but significant change in strategy from being a material broker who never physically handled the material, to being a local processor of recovered paper and a direct supplier of material to the approved mill partners we had supplied for years, with third party recovered paper products. As time elapsed, we started to take more and more warehouse space on the site so we could accommodate the increased volume of material we were receiving from the locale.
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.
Highlander International Recycling has over 100 years of combined experience within the recycling and shredding industries, including managing large recycling operations all around the U.K. and Ireland, buying various grades of recovered paper for mill consumption, providing local collection and recycling solutions to a wide range of industries and offering expert advice on all aspects of waste legislation, shredding and recycling! We supply a broad range of markets and destination countries, including the U.K and mainland Europe, for the re-processing of your recovered materials and we are focused on always achieving best value for all grades of recovered materials offered to us for purchase.
Whether it is full loads for despatch to one of our numerous mill partners, or providing a local service for an office, printer or any other generator of recovered paper, we are confident that we can provide you a first class, competitive paper recycling service and would be delighted to discuss your requirements in more detail. Please feel free to contact our commercial team who will be happy to visit your operations and perform a comprehensive waste audit, with view to providing recommendations for improvements to your waste processes, cost savings and more importantly – MAXIMISING YOUR RECYCLING!