Waste and recycling firm Viridor has struck a new £127 million deal with South Lanarkshire Council to divert waste from landfill by sending residual post-recycling ‘black-bag’ waste to a waste to energy facility currently under construction.
The company explained that South Lanarkshire Council, Scotland’s fifth largest local authority which serves a population of 315,360, has signed a ten year contract with it (with an option for five year extension) following a competitive tendering process.
Under the contract Viridor will process around 80,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, of which it said it would be diverting over 95% of the residual waste from landfill.
The contract, which commences on 1st April 2017, will see Viridor will work with South Lanarkshire SME, Wm Hamilton & Sons, which will invest £1 million in vehicles and a transfer and logistics hub at Dovesdale Farm, Stonehouse.
It is also expected that 52,000 tonnes of residual waste from across the authority will be delivered directly to the Dovesdale site, with a further 26,000 tonnes being received via the council’s Carluke transfer station.
From there the materials will then be transported to Viridor’s £177m Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), currently under construction and scheduled for completion in December 2017.
In addition to the £1 million investment, the company said that seven handling and logistics roles will be created in South Lanarkshire, with a further vehicle mechanic apprentice recruited locally.
Viridor plans to recruit around forty professional, skilled and new entrant roles at the Dunbar ERF, with both employment and supply chain fairs held within South Lanarkshire.
The company added that the fairs will link with a community benefits package that will see the delivery of a flagship GO4SET South Lanarkshire schools education partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) and build upon Viridor’s existing £2.8 millionannual spend in the local area.
“The partnership builds on a joint-legacy of investment in recycling innovation and will further drive sustainability through landfill diversion and generating renewable energy from what remains,” commented Paul Ringham, commercial director at Viridor. “We look forward to this next phase of our partnership.”
Michael McGlynn, executive director of communities and enterprise, South Lanarkshire Council, added: “An assessment by the council’s external advisers of the commercial submission confirmed that the price bid is competitive given the duration and requirements of the contract.”
“Councillors approved the recommendation to award the contract to Viridor Waste Management Ltd at the Executive Committee on 13 April 2016,” he added.
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