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Viridor seals Scottish deal

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Viridor has extended its footprint in Scotland in a £127m, 10-year partnership with South Lanarkshire Council

A key aspect of the contract, which has an option for a five-year extension, is greater diversion from landfill when it begins in April 2017 and a 95% target.

Around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste are processed each year, of which 52,000 tonnes will be delivered directly to the Dovesdale Farm site and a further 26,000 tonnes being received via the council’s Carluke transfer station.

From there, materials will be taken to Viridor’s new £177m Dunbar energy recovery facility, scheduled for completion in December 2017.

Viridor will recruit around 40 professional, skilled and new entrant roles at the Dunbar plant.

Wm Hamilton & Sons will invest £1m in vehicles and a transfer and logistics hub at Dovesdale. Seven handling and logistics roles will be created in South Lanarkshire, with a further vehicle mechanic apprentice recruited locally.

Paul Ringham, commercial director for Viridor (pictured), said: “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.”

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