Glasgow City Council handles circa 222,000 tonnes of household waste every year. Of that, Glasgow sent the vast majority, 72%, to landfill in 2016. With annual hikes in landfill tax and ambitious Scottish Government zero waste targets focusing on waste reduction, re-use, enhanced recycling and recovering renewable energy from what remains, the council has been planning for change.
Now Glasgow has changed gear with a state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility at its long established waste treatment plant at Polmadie, radically overhauling the way the city’s household waste is managed over the next 25 years.
The Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) handles approx. 200,000 tonnes of council green bin residual waste every year. The plant, working in combination with city wide blue, brown and purple bin recycling, diverts 90% of green bin residual waste away from landfill, saving millions of pounds, releasing recyclable resources from household waste and producing valuable heat and power from one of the most advanced waste management facilities in Europe.
The facility produces enough energy to power the equivalent of 26,496 households and heat the equivalent of some 8,000 homes, delivering a saving to Glasgow of 90,000 tonnes of CO² every year.
At the same time it delivers a saving to the city of circa £254m during the 25 year contract, creating 250 new jobs, including 25 apprentices, and supporting local social enterprises and small and medium sized businesses throughout the building programme and beyond.