Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)

The £177m Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) constructed at our existing waste treatment hub in East Lothian became operational in early 2019.

The facility is integral to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to deliver a zero waste, circular economy which encourages waste reduction, boost recycling an recovers vital low carbon energy from what remains.  In tandem with our investment in a Scottish £125m network of recycling-led infrastructure, the ERF will divert 300,000 tonnes of post-recycling ‘residual waste’ from landfill and contribute to Scottish energy security.

The site will generate 258GWh of base-load renewable energy direct to the National Grid – the equivalent of 39 wind turbines – enough to continuously power 70,656 homes. What’s more the plant will offer up to 10MW of heat available for local use.

The ERF delivers a robust package of community benefits focused on employment and training, support for local business and education through our flagship partnership with the Engineering Development Trust. Now in operation the ERF support 55 full-time jobs, including a range of professional, skilled jobs together with entry-level roles and apprenticeships, boosting the East Lothian economy by £10 million each year.

Finding Dunbar ERF

Dunbar ERF is located on Viridor’s existing waste treatment hub at Dunbar, East Lothian.

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258 GWh
Energy produced
300000 Tonnes
Materials processed
70656 Homes
Equivalent powered