The Environment & Sustainability


Glasgow's domestic green bin residual waste is set to be transformed in line with Scotland's zero waste agenda following the approval of a major planning application for the establishment of the £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) - bringing a number of benefits for the city one step closer to fruition.
The decision was made by Glasgow City Council's planning applications committee at a meeting held today (Tuesday 29 January) and followed an application submitted in September 2012 by Viridor, Scotland's leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste management company, to establish the state-of-the-art facility in Polmadie.

Approval for the application marks a key milestone in a partnership between Viridor and Glasgow City Council to overhaul the way in which the city manages its domestic green bin residual waste over the next twenty-five years. Furthermore, it marks another positive move in the right directiontowards delivering a more sustainable Glasgow, shifting the city away from the costly and unpopular landfill disposal.

Viridor Site, Polmadie

The GRREC will feature some of the most advanced tried and trusted technology in operation across Europe. It will operate a three-step process comprising a Smart Materials Recycling Facility to enhance recycling, Anaerobic Digestion to capture food and organic material and an Advanced Conversion Facility to recover renewable energy from post-recycling material that remains. As well as establishing Glasgow as a leading force in sustainable waste management, creating a flagship model for other cities in Scotland to follow, the GRREC will deliver widespread benefits through the £154m investment, including:

Construction will commence in summer 2013 with completion in early 2016.