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Welcome to Highlander International Recycling – we are looking good on paper!

highlander videoHighlander International Recycling is looking good on paper! Thank you for taking the time to find out about us - our company offers a wide range of products and services relating to recovered paper recycling, from local collections of paper grades such as office paper and cardboard, to purchasing recovered paper grades in bulk quantities for consumption by Highlander approved paper mills.

We also provide a secure collection and secure document shredding service across Central Scotland. We offer a secure and offsite document shredding solution which is cost effective and environmentally friendly.


Local Recycling services:

  • Waste Paper collection and recycling services across Scotland
  • Suppliers of a variety of recycling equipment and machinery
  • Security Shredding / Document & paper destruction services
  • Reel handling, splitting and recycling (All shapes & sizes)
  • Paper based product destruction services (E.g. books)
  • Comprehensive waste audit and analysis services
  • Office archive box clearance and shredding services

Trading and brokering services:

  • Buyers and suppliers of various Grades of recovered paper
  • News and pams – local solutions for large volume producers
  • Exporters of recovered paper to the Far East, UK and Europe
  • Mill stock / second life paper trading (Incorporating Eco-paper sales)
  • Pro-active, complimentary supplier moisture testing services

 To provide best value to all customers, Highlander can confirm we are:

  • Fully registered Waste Brokers with the TFS department of the Republic of Ireland
  • Fully registered waste brokers with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
  • Fully registered waste brokers with SEPA (Scotland) and the EPA (England)
  • Fully registered with SEPA with exemptions to Waste management licence requirements
  • Members of the Recycling Association / Independent Waste Paper Processors Association
  • Fully audited members of the United Kingdom Security Shredding Association (UKSSA)
  • Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office – register of data controllers
  • ISO 9001 (Incorporating EN15713), BS5758 and ISO14001 certified company
  • Fully registered with the traffic commissioner's office with operators licence for 6 HGV's

We are confident that our dedicated and highly trained staff will bring you the paper recycling services that meet your exact needs. From innovative bar-coding systems for product and document destruction, to high volume shredding performed under secure conditions with remote accessible CCTV systems, Highlander have the right solution to your recycling requirements!

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Highlander International Recycling – "at the peak of paper recycling"
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Our story so far:

Highlander International has been at the peak of paper recycling for over a decade. The company was formed as "Highlander Polymers Partnership" in 2002, initially to recycle plastics which had enjoyed a boom in volumes since the introduction of the Packaging regulations some time before. From a standing start and recycling modest volumes, we are now responsible for trading over 100,000 tons of recovered paper every year, buying from our main markets of Scotland and Ireland and supplying recovered paper of various different types and qualities to mills and processors both locally and internationally.

The company changed name to Highlander International Recycling in 2004 to reflect the evolution of the company from plastics only, to a wider range of recovered materials mostly generated from the growth in Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF's) within the UK and Irish markets. Since then the company has grown steadily and surely, slowly starting to concentrate specifically on recovered paper grades to reflect the expertise of the directors, who have extensive experience in the recovered paper sector of circa 50 years combined.

In 2011, the company made the strategic decision to move from being a trading only operation, to "getting its hands dirty" in the processing side of the business. This represented a massive shift in thinking from the directors and since the plan was initiated, the company has taken massive strides forward. We now process over 500 tons per week of recovered paper through our depot, using a wide range of recycling machinery such as reel splitters, high volume shredders and 2 fully automatic, modern paper baling presses which between them can give the depot a processing capacity of circa 600 tons per week.

In 2014, Highlander purchased the premises of 7-10 Linwood Avenue and now operate a fully functional recovered paper recycling centre employing 30 staff and with an annual turnover of approximately £8 million.  

Today, we view ourselves as the leading independent recovered paper processor in Scotland and one of the largest recovered paper traders operating in the Irish market today. Highlander is a privately owned company with a vastly experienced management team committed to ensuring our customers get an unrivalled service at industry leading commercial terms. We are renowned for innovation, care and dedication, specifically to meet the needs of every organisation we are lucky enough to call a customer.

We would very much like you to be the next part of the Highlander story - please feel free to contact one of the "Highlander clan" at your convenience and let us revolutionise your recycling!

Alternatively, please feel free to visit our modern recycling centre in East Kilbride personally where one of our recycling assistants will give you the grand tour!

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