Councils sign £700mn contract to turn household waste into energy

Five Scottish councils have signed a £700mn contract that will see up to 190,000 tonnes of household waste per year converted into low carbon energy, North Lanarkshire Council announced on 15 January.

The 25-year Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project between East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Councils and Viridor started on 7 January.

Robert Steenson, Executive Director of Enterprise and Communities at North Lanarkshire Council said: “This is a significant project for the five local authorities, both as the first partnership of its kind in Scotland and in its contribution to managing household waste more effectively.” He continued: “It means that the waste, which cannot be otherwise be recycled, will now be diverted from landfill and transformed into low carbon electricity, with Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility generating enough power for the equivalent of 70,656 homes. At the same time, it also reduces the overall carbon impact associated with the disposal of the waste.”

North Lanarkshire Council

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