Smeaton Development

Since Hamilton Waste & Recycling Ltd was established in 2002 the company has experienced a rapid growth. However  there was one factor that would  limit that ongoing  growth and that was the size of  our existing  yard at Wallyford. By 2007 we had outgrown our Wallyford yard and we were looking for larger premises. In 2008 we bought Smeaton Bing which was an eyesore in East Lothian and made up of colliery spoil.

Our idea was to landscape the bing to form a 15 acre state of the art recycling facility and waste transfer station. The operations would be screened with bunds that would be subsoiled, top soiled and sown with grass, furthermore over 20,000 trees would be planted to enable the site to blend into the surrounding countryside.

See the two pictures below that were taken in the summer of  2009 before the development of the site.

In March 2010 East Lothian Council granted Hamilton Waste & Recycling Ltd planning permission to transform Smeaton Bing into a state of the art recycling facility and transfer station. Hamilton Waste & Recycling Ltd contracted I & H Brown Ltd to do the main earth works which comprised of shifted and landscaping 1 million tonnes of material within a 16 week time frame. See the 5 pictures below which illustrates how this was achieved.

In the Summer of 2012 – 2013 Hamilton Waste & Recycling Ltd commissioned BHC Ltd to construct the main sorting shed which is 104m long x 48m wide as well as the concreted yard and the construction of reinforced storage bays.

The site became operational in April 2015 (see picture below)