Clyde Valley

Viridor is responsible for managing and facilitating The Clyde Valley Project, an innovative partnership where five local authorities - East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, and Renfrewshire - have come together to help transform how their household waste is managed.

The Clyde Valley Project – the first of its type in Scotland, commenced in January 2020 and is having a huge impact in saving natural resources through the increased recycling and energy recovery programme, emphasising the need where all waste must be seen as a resource and not waste.

The 25-year contract sees up to 190,000 tonnes of residual waste processed each year at the state-of-the-art residual Materials Recycling Facility (rMRF) in Bargeddie, diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill and instead generating low carbon energy. 

Using cutting edge technology, residual black bag waste collected from each council area is processed at the Bargeddie facility and, after the recyclate is extracted for further processing, the remaining non-recyclable waste is sent for energy recovery at Viridor’s Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility. The Clyde Valley Waste Partnership non-recyclable material generates enough electricity to power the equivalent of 32,391 homes, on average each year.

Under the partnership, Viridor has committed to providing a variety of community benefits to support the local Clyde Valley communities.

FREE training workshops on various topics are delivered annually for the benefit of Clyde Valley based Small Businesses Organisations (SME’s) and Social Enterprise Organisations (SEO’s). Details of our Autumn/Winter 22 workshop programme will be published soon. Please check back here for further details.

Employment opportunities have also been created, with a particular focus on the recruitment and training of young-people and long-term unemployed. We also work alongside the following supported employment agencies across the Clyde Valley regions to support this commitment:

Developing Young Workforce

https://www.dyw.scot/lanarkshire--east-dunbartonshire.html

Routes to Work – North Lanarkshire

https://www.routestowork.co.uk/

Work EastRen

https://www.workeastren.co.uk/

Invest in Renfrewshire

http://investinrenfrewshire.com/

East Dunbartonshire Employability Services

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/schools-and-learning/adult-learning-and-employability

North Ayrshire Employability Hubs

https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/employability-hubs.aspx

Viridor are proud to be recognised as a Young Person's Guarantee employer which is a Scottish Government commitment to bring together employers, partners and young people. It aims to connect every 16- to 24-year-old in Scotland to an opportunity.

 

A Clyde Valley educational partnership between Viridor and the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) has been created to encourage more pupils to learn about the industry and the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) subjects. Congratulations to Woodfarm High School from East Renfrewshire who were overall winners of this year’s Clyde Valley Hub and were also crowned National Champions for the 21/22 academic year.

For more information on the Clyde Valley Project and/or our Community Benefits programme, please contact: transformingwasteinclyde@viridor.co.uk

Explore our Materials Recycling Facility in Bargeddie

Bargeddie manager

What happens after Bargeddie MRF?

Dunbar ERF

The remaining non-recyclable waste is sent for energy recovery at Viridor’s Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility.

The Clyde Valley Waste Partnership non-recyclable material generates enough electricity to power the equivalent of 32,391 homes, on average each year.

Dunbar ERF

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Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Find out more about how we are talking with students and other community groups to helps raise awareness and develop greater understanding of why our ambition is to build a world where nothing goes to waste.

Learning and education