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Viridor wins ten year plan for South Lanarkshire residual waste

07th September 2016

Post-recycling black bag waste from South Lanarkshire Council is set to be transformed in a new partnership with recycling and waste management company Viridor.

Aligned with waste reduction, reuse and recycling the £127 million partnership will divert waste from landfill by recovering renewable energy from residual ‘black-bag’ waste.

South Lanarkshire Council, Scotland’s fifth largest local authority which serves a population of 315,360, has signed a ten year contract (with option for five year extension) with Viridor following a competitive tendering process.

The contract will see around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste processed each year, diverting over 95% of the residual waste from landfill. The contract, which commences on 1st April 2017, will see Viridor will work with South Lanarkshire SME, Wm Hamilton & Sons, who will invest £1m in vehicles and a transfer and logistics hub at Dovesdale Farm, Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire.

52,000 tonnes of residual waste from across the authority will be delivered directly to the Dovesdale site, with a further 26,000 tonnes being received via the council’s Carluke transfer station. From there materials will then be transported to Viridor’s £177m state-of-the-art Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), currently under construction and scheduled for completion in December 2017.

In addition to the £1m investment, seven handling and logistics roles will be created in South Lanarkshire, with a further vehicle mechanic apprentice recruited locally.

Viridor will recruit circa forty professional, skilled and new entrant roles at the Dunbar ERF, with both employment and supply chain fairs held within South Lanarkshire. The fairs will link with an ambitious community benefits package that will see the delivery of a flagship GO4SET South Lanarkshire schools education partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and build upon Viridor’s existing £2.8m annual spend in the local area.

Paul Ringham, Commercial Director for Viridor, said:

“Viridor’s partnership will transform waste across South Lanarkshire. The partnership builds on a joint-legacy of investment in recycling innovation and will further drive sustainability through landfill diversion and generating renewable energy from what remains.

“More than that, the partnership will offer best value, provide a high quality service and deliver real economic and community benefits across South Lanarkshire and Scotland more widely. We look forward to this next phase of our partnership.”

Michael McGlynn, Executive Director of Communities and Enterprise, South Lanarkshire Council, said:

“We look forward to working with Viridor following a rigorous procurement process. An assessment by the council’s external advisers of the commercial submission confirmed that the price bid is competitive given the duration and requirements of the contract.

“Councillors approved the recommendation to award the contract to Viridor Waste Management Ltd at the Executive Committee on 13 April 2016.”

For further information on how Viridor is helping UK councils transform waste, visit here.

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