MSP’s praise for eco-friendly fuel business

Mark Petrie (left) shows MSP Grame Dey around his production facility at Kirriemuir Briquette Company Ltd.
Mark Petrie (left) shows MSP Grame Dey around his production facility at Kirriemuir Briquette Company Ltd.

Angus MSP Graeme Day has praised a Kirriemuir business for its “deeply impressive” work in recycling waste to produce eco-friendly fuel.

Mr Dey, depute convener of the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee, visited Kirriemuir Briquette Company Ltd last week to meet founder Mark Petrie.

The business, which started around five years ago, recycles unwanted wood, cardboard, sawdust and grow bag peat otherwise destined for landfill and as highly efficient briquettes. Thousands of bags of briquettes are produced every year and sold through Mr Petrie’s main business, David Petrie Joiners Ltd, at many local farmers’ markets and over the internet.

Mr Dey said: “The work being carried out here by Mark and his team is deeply impressive and really highlights the possibilities of reusing waste products for economic as well as environmental benefit.

“It is encouraging to see a local business thrive in a way that helps reduce the country’s carbon footprint and redirects waste materials away from landfill sites. I was also pleased to learn that the materials are all locally sourced.”

Mr Petrie, who lives in Forfar, said: “It was never going to be a money spinning venture but that’s not why I established the operation. I was more motivated by the thought of turning waste products into an energy efficient fuel source that is also environmentally friendly.”