Construction of the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) began in 2013 with the site expected to commence operation in 2016. The facility is being built at Glasgow City Council"s long established waste treatment plant at Polmadie.
The £154m centre will handle 200,000 tonnes of council "green bin" residual waste every year. The plant, working in combination with city wide blue, brown and purple bin recycling collections, will divert 90% of green bin residual waste away from landfill. It will save millions of pounds, release recyclable resources from household waste and produce valuable heat and power from what will be one of the most advanced waste management facilities in Europe.
Glasgow City Council handles 350,000 tonnes of waste every year. Of that, the vast majority, 74%, was sent to landfill in 2010/11. With annual hikes in landfill tax and ambitious Scottish Government zero waste targets focusing on waste reduction, re-use, enhanced recycling and recovering renewable energy from what remains, the council has been planning for change. Now Glasgow is changing gear with a new, state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility radically overhauling the way the city"s household waste is managed over the next 25 years.
The new facility will regenerate the existing Glasgow City Council waste facility at Polmadie on the South side of the city.
The facility will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 22,000 households and heat the equivalent of some 8,000 homes, delivering a saving to Glasgow of 90,000 tonnes of CO² every year.
At the same time it will deliver a saving to the city of circa £254m during the 25 year contract, create 250 new jobs, including 25 apprentices, and will support local social enterprises and small and medium sized businesses throughout the building programme and beyond.
The facility is located on Polmadie Road, Glasgow, G42 0PL.
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