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Viridor gets green light for Glasgow plant

Viridor has been granted planning approval for a £154m waste management facility in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre in Polmadie will recycle domestic green bin residual waste and create energy from waste over the next 25 years.

The facility will operate a three-step process of a Smart Materials Recycling Facility, Anaerobic Digestion to capture food and organic material and an Advanced Conversion Facility to recover renewable energy from remaining material.

The facility will cut  Glasgow’s CO2 production by 90,000 tonnes every year and save £254m during the 25-year contract, Viridor said. It will also recover enough energy to power of 22,000 households and heat 8,000 homes.

The city council approved the plans yesterday after Viridor submitted a planning application in September. Construction will start this summer with completion in early 2016.

Steven Don, Scottish regional manager for Viridor, said the facility would transform the way the city’s annual 200,000 tonnes of domestic green bin was was managed.

Glasgow city council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Without this facility, we would not only be faced with the depressing prospect of piling millions of tonnes of waste into the ground over the coming years, but we would also pay through the nose to do it.

“Our competitors, the likes of Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, have the highest recycling rates in Europe. It is no secret that they have achieved that by embracing a mix of modern, but proven, technologies that not only boost recycling but recover energy from what remains.

“That is an approach that has huge potential here in Glasgow. Our future is cleaner, more affordable and puts the city’s waste to work for the benefit of its people.”

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