Viridor is set to begin development of a £150m recycling and energy facility in Glasgow after being named ‘successful participant’ by the city council.
The new clean waste treatment facility in the Polmadie area will create 250 new jobs and save the council £240m a year. It will combine a MRF with an anaerobic digestion combined heat and power plant to deliver heat and power for the local community.
The plant will stand on the site of the city’s former incinerator. The council says 90% of all contract waste will be diverted from landfill and a minimum of 18% will be recycled, increasing the city’s overall recycling rate by 10.8%.
The new facility will save 89,457 tonnes CO2 a year; equivalent to a 2.92% reduction in the city’s total carbon emissions in 2015/16.
The confirmation of Viridor as successful applicant by the council’s executive committee brings to an end a two-year procurement process.
Colin Paterson, Viridor’s Scottish regional director said the announcement “marks another key milestone in our programme to translate Scottish zero waste policy into practice by investing up to £800m in vital infrastructure.
“Importantly, the project is a vital boost for the construction sector and, as part of an ambitious community benefit clause, will deliver green jobs with growth opportunities, tenders for small business and social enterprises and an ambitious education programme across city schools. Our focus is to help Glasgow achieve its ambitions for the city and its people.”
Council leader Cllr Gordon Matheson said he was committed to ensuring the project enhanced not only the city’s green credentials, but also social justice.
He said: “Glasgow’s waste is a valuable resource – and, if we are to achieve my council’s vision of becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities, we need to ensure it is Glasgow that takes full advantage of it. This facility is part of the next generation of sustainable infrastructure that will put the Zero Waste Plan into practice.
There has, however, been anger from green groups in the city who claimed EfW plants give councils a way to avoid recycling.
Leader of the Scottish Greens and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie told the Herald: “This is just a rebranded incinerator, which will still lead to pollution.”