Clyde Valley Project

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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.

Find out more about the Bargeddie recycling hub in our latest newsletter.

Want to get in touch with us? Email transformingwasteinclyde@viridor.co.uk

Educational Activities

switching-on-minds.pngEngaging with students and community groups helps raise understanding of the need to bring resources to life.

Teaching children about recycling from a young age means that it is more likely to become normal behaviour in adulthood.

This is why we have produced a range of activities to help educate young people in a fun and meaningful way. 

Click the Resources button on the right to explore our activities.

Resources

Online workshops

As part of Viridor’s Community Benefit commitments, FREE online workshops have been arranged for small businesses and social enterprise organisations in these local authority areas.

Following a successful pilot last year which saw over 65 companies sign up to the free workshops offered by Viridor, a new programme of virtual events has been planned for spring/summer 2021.

Please find details of our latest programme of online workshops below:

Date & Time

Workshop Title

Delivered by:

Register - transformingwasteinclyde@viridor.co.uk or:

15 April

10am to 11:30am

Start with the end in sight: financial planning through COVID and beyond.

Delivered by Chris Cassidy, Cassidy Financial Solutions

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20 April

10am to 11am

Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing.

Delivered by Anita Douglas, Bouncebackability

Click to book

22 April

10am to 11:30am

Power of Routine.

Delivered by Geoff Nicholson, GN Coaching

Click to book

29 April

10am to 11am

A safe return to work and the considerations after lockdown.

Delivered by Natalie O’Hare, BeyondHR

Click to book

13 May

11am to 11:45am

Intellectual Property & Funding for Growth.

Delivered by Business & IP Centre Glasgow (Part of Glasgow Life)

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19 May

10am to 11am

Mental Health Awareness.

Delivered by Anita Douglas, Bouncebackability

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25 May

10am to 11am

A safe return to work and the considerations after lockdown. Delivered by Natalie O’Hare

Delivered by Natalie O’Hare, BeyondHR

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3 June

10am to 11am

Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing. Delivered by Anita Douglas

Delivered by Anita Douglas, Bouncebackability

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10 June

10am to 11am

Health and Safety for small businesses. Delivered by Ewan O’Hara

Delivered by Ewan O’Hara, Viridor

Click to book

 

For further information on the workshop programme please contact: transformingwasteinclyde@viridor.co.uk

 

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The Clyde Valley Partnership is also supported by the following employment agencies:

  1. Routes to Work
  2. Work EastRen Employability Services
  3. Invest in Renfrewshire
  4. Developing Young Workforce
  5. East Dunbartonshire Council Employability Services
  6. North Ayrshire Council Employability Services