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.
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:
- Support for a city-wide strategy focused on waste reduction, re-use, enhanced recycling and recovering renewable energy from what remains.
- In addition to enhanced recycling, recovering enough energy to power the equivalent of 22,000 households and heating for 8,000 homes.
- A saving to Glasgow of 90,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
- A cost saving to the city of £254m during the 25-year contract.
- The creation of 254 jobs, including a range of professional, skilled and new entrant roles including apprenticeships with an annual local salary bill of £1.5m.
- A full package of community benefits focused on employment and training, opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises, and a range of education benefits including the recently announced city-wide GO4SET schools partnership with the Engineering Development Trust
Construction will commence in summer 2013 with completion in early 2016.