Across the Clyde Valley five local authorities – East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire - are working together to help transform how its Household Waste will be managed. Over the last decade, these councils have adapted their recycling services, focusing on waste segregation and the regeneration of its household waste. More recently, they have taken on the challenge of meeting the ambitious Scottish Government Zero Waste to landfill targets, which are driven by economic factors, environmental concerns and the recently introduced legislative requirements which include the need by 2025 to recycle 70 per cent of all waste streams.
In 2013, the councils joined forces to find a solution. Following a formal bid process, Viridor was selected to design, construct, finance and operate facilities to treat waste which would otherwise have gone into landfill. The Clyde Valley Project – the first of its type in Scotland will have a huge impact in saving natural resources through the increased recycling and green energy recovery programme emphasising the need where all waste must be seen as a resource and not waste.
Under this partnership agreement, up to 190,000 tonnes of the authority’s residual waste per year, will be treated at an advanced Material Recycling Facility (MRF). This will support the local authorities' environmental and business goals and helps represent best value to the authorities' households. Viridor, in partnership with the authorities, will transform waste management across the Clyde Valley helping to create a strong sustainable long-term future for their waste management, while delivering environmental, economic and community benefits across the region.
The state-of-the-art MRF at Bargeddie in North Lanarkshire has now started to receive waste as part of the contract, diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill and generating low carbon energy.
Using cutting edge technology, black bag waste will be processed at Bargeddie, with non-recyclable material then transferred to Viridor's Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at Dunbar, where it will be used to help create low-carbon electricity for households across the country.
Steven Don, Head of Local Authority Contracts in Scotland said: "The Clyde Valley Partnership is an excellent example of how local authorities can work together to deliver effective waste management and contribute to a circular economy in Scotland.
"The sophisticated technology at Bargeddie improves recycling and non-recyclable waste treatment, maximising the opportunities to recycle while putting non-recyclable waste to work to generate low carbon electricity."
Robert Steenson, Executive Director of Enterprise and Communities at North Lanarkshire Council, said: "This is a significant project for the five local authorities, both as the first partnership of its kind in Scotland and in its contribution to managing household waste more effectively.
"It means that the waste, which cannot otherwise be recycled, will now be diverted from landfill and transformed into low carbon electricity, with the Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility generating enough power for the equivalent of 70,656 homes."
More than £33m has been invested in the Viridor Bargeddie Recycling Hub since 2009, with the £11m clean materials recycling facility, followed by the £22m residual materials recycling facility.
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The Clyde Valley Partnership is also supported by the following employment agencies:
- Routes to Work
- Work EastRen Employability Services
- Invest in Renfrewshire
- Developing Young Workforce
- East Dunbartonshire Council Employability Services
- North Ayrshire Council Employability Services