A NEW £5 million plant which uses old beer and wine bottles to filter Scotland’s drinking water has been opened in Midlothian.
The Dryden Aqua plant in Bonnyrigg uses recycled glass to create a filtration system capable of removing parasites and pollutants from water.
The system can be used to filter drinking water, treat industrial waste water or filter the water in swimming pools.
Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who opened the site, hailed its potential.
He said: “This is a revolutionary system which exemplifies the technological and environmental expertise that Scotland is famous for.
“It is also a major investment in Scotland’s green credentials and places us at the forefront of the move towards a zero-waste nation.
“This is a great example of upcycling, where we create something of higher value than the original substance.
“This technology can be used in developing countries to ensure cleaner, healthier water for all, showcasing the global reach and importance of Scottish innovation, which is a key element of the hydro nation agenda.”