Scotland has opened its first mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility in Dumfries at a cost of £15 million.
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra officially opened the plant and unveiled a plaque to mark its birth. The Eco Deco plant is capable of sorting around 65,000 tonnes of waste a year and will deal with municipal waste from across the Dumfries and Galloway region.
Dumfries and Galloway Council have partnered up with Shanks waste management to run the facility. Chairman of planning, housing and environmental services committee Councillor Bruce Hodgson said: We are looking forward to working in partnership with Shanks to achieve the very stringent European waste targets. Already there is clear evidence of the benefits of the partnership as our current composting and recycling figures have already tripled to 31.5%.
However, the most important issue for us all to think about is reducing the amount of rubbish we generate in the first place. Waste prevention, such as home composting, stopping unwanted mail, using rechargeable batteries, trying reusable nappies, donating unwanted items to charity shops and repairing broken items, can all make a huge difference.
The municipal waste is collected by refuse vehicles and taken to the facility. It is then shredded, dried and sorted into reusable materials.
Shanks chief executive Tom Drury added: In addition to the obvious environmental benefits of a significant reduction in volume of waste being landfilled, it demonstrates what can be achieved when the public and private sector are committed to working together in long-term partnerships.
Image: Princess Alexandra opening plant