15 January 2014
Viridor launches second annual education programme >Read More
28 November 2013
Council leader lays foundations for £154m green investment
11 November 2013
GRREC Newsletter 5 > Read More
24 October 2013
GRREC will deliver a broad range of opportunities for small business
16 October 2013
Council leader marks skyline transformation for £154m Polmadie investment > Read More
30 July 2013
Viridor was proud to support this summer’s annual Glasgow Show held at Glasgow Green > Read More
29 April 2013
Glasgow schools celebrate green education success > Read More
29 January 2013
Viridor's green light for £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre > Read More
18 January 2013
Viridor funds pioneering education programme to encourage young people to take up careers in the green economy > Read More
21 August 2012
GRREC Newsletter 4 > Read More
17 August 2012
Planning applications submitted for GRREC following comprehensive consultation process > Read More
13 August 2012
GRREC Newsletter 3 > Read More
23 July 2012
Viridor signs deal on Glasgow City Council residual waste treatment contract > Read More
17 July 2012
Viridor to host online public consultation event to continue its engagement with Glasgow
15 June 2012
GRREC Newsletter 2 > Read More
06 June 2012
Viridor Delivers News Update On Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre to Circa 16,000 Residents > Read More
22 May 2012
Glasgow Takes Next Steps on £154 Million Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre
22 May 2012
GRREC Newsletter 1
Transforming Waste™ in Glasgow
Glasgow City Council handles 350,000 tonnes of waste every year. Of that, Glasgow sent the vast majority, 74%, 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 at its long established waste treatment plant at Polmadie, radically overhauling the way the city’s household waste is managed over the next 25 years.
The £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) 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, will divert 90% of green bin residual waste away from landfill, saving millions of pounds, releasing recyclable resources from household waste and producing valuable heat and power from what will be one of the most advanced waste management facilities in Europe.
Detailed plans have been prepared by leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste company Viridor for the new facility that 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.
Following a comprehensive programme of public consultation in 2012, a full planning application was submitted to Glasgow City Council which was subsequently approved in January 2013.
Viridor started work on site in May 2013, with the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre commencing operation in early 2016.