Environment / Glass recycling facility up for sale

Shetland Amenity Trust is selling off the former Enviroglass premises.

IT IS the end of the road for local glass recycling after Shetland Amenity Trust put the large shed that used to house the award-winning Enviroglass business on the market.

Work at the site in the Cunningsburgh Industrial Estate came to a halt last year after the lease to operator Shetland Precast and Groundworks Ltd was discontinued.

The facility made glass into items like precast and paving, but that turned out to be no longer viable.

It used to be operated by the trust itself under the Enviroglass name and it had won several environmental awards over the years.

The amenity trust has now put the shed and associated industrial buildings up for sale for offers over £120,000. All machinery and plant are available by separate negotiation.

Amenity trust general manager Mat Roberts said: “We had a vacant position on that property; we have not found another person who wants to take on the Enviroglass product.


“We have no use for that building and therefore it is for sale. It means the end of glass being recycled into concrete products in Shetland.”

All glass collected at the council-operated bottle banks is now being sent south for recycling with the council receiving around £20 per tonne for the material.

Roberts added that the trust was in discussions with Shetland Islands Council to find a solution as how the big pile of glass on the Cunningsburgh premises can be removed and used for other purposes.

“We still own the glass and the ground it sits on until we find a new use for it,” Roberts said.

“There are several dozen lorry loads of glass there and it will be expensive to move – and we are in discussions with the council to see if it can be used as a replacement for quarried stone in non-engineering situations, such as drainage fill-in. I expect this to be sold over time.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.