Glasgow City Council handles 350,000 tonnes of waste every year, of which 74% was sent to landfill in 2010/11. As landfill tax continues to rise alongside ambitious Scottish Government zero waste targets, the council has been planning for change. These changes are underpinned by waste reduction, re-use, enhanced recycling rates, and recovering renewable energy from residual waste.
Following extensive public consultation in 2012, Glasgow is changing gear with a new, state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility at its long established waste treatment plant at Polmadie. This technology, will radically overhaul the way the city’s household waste is managed over the next 25 years.
The £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) will:
Detailed plans prepared by leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste company Viridor, for the new facility, will regenerate the existing Glasgow City Council waste facility at Polmadie, on the South side of the city.
Alongside improvements to recycling, an extensive community benefits package will be established. This scheme will create 250 new jobs, including 25 apprentices, support local social enterprises, and small and medium sized businesses throughout the building programme and beyond.
Work on the project is well underway, with the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre commencing commissioning in 2016.
The facility is located on Polmadie Road, Glasgow, G42 0PL.
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