Media Release: Viridor appointed on £700m Clyde Valley Residual Waste project

Ian McAulay Viridor

VIRIDOR has been appointed preferred bidder for the £700m Clyde Valley Residual Waste project.

The project is jointly run by five councils – East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire – to procure a long-term solution for treatment and disposal of residual waste. North Lanarkshire is the lead authority for the contract.

The contract is expected to be worth around £700 million over the 25-year contract period.

Following a formal bid process which began in January 2013, Viridor has been selected to design, construct, finance and operate the facilities to treat waste which would otherwise go to landfill.

The project came about as a result of Sir John Arbuthnott’s review of shared services across the Clyde Valley.

The proposal will save natural resources through increased recycling and green energy recovery, which represents best value to the taxpayer.

The solution proposed by Viridor will process approximately 190,000 tonnes of residual waste per year providing services to a population of more than 845,000 people, helping reach national targets for recycling and landfill diversion by 2025.

Councillor Jim Smith, depute leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “The development is very good news for residents and businesses within the partner council areas as the project will see Viridor investing to deliver community benefits.

“This is an excellent example of shared service which will see an end to domestic waste being dumped in landfill and deliver savings and service improvements. Importantly, it will offer best value for money to taxpayers in the five council areas.”

Mr. Ian McAulay, chief executive of Viridor, said: “Viridor is delighted to be announced as preferred bidder on the flagship Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partnership project.

“The announcement is good news for partner councils, their local environments, economies and communities.

“We look forward to working towards financial close and to helping deliver their sustainability, zero waste and community benefit objectives.”

Notes to editors:


  • This contract puts no restrictions on how each partner council collects their waste.
  • The waste will be collected by each council and delivered to a transfer station within their boundary.
  • Viridor will transport this to their primary treatment facility at Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire.
  • Primary treatment will remove recyclable material from the waste and prepare a refuse derived fuel.
  • The refuse derived fuel will be transported to Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility at Dunbar, East Lothian.
  • Over 90 per cent of the waste collected by the councils will now be diverted from landfill.
  • Viridor will deliver community benefits during the construction and service period, benefiting each partner council in respect of job creation, training, local SME and SEO development and engagement as well as environmental projects.


Giving Resources New Life

Part of the FTSE 250 Pennon Group, Viridor’s purpose is to give the world’s resources new life.

Every day, Viridor takes what British homes and businesses throw away and transforms it into essential quality materials, resources and energy for customers across the UK and globally.

Viridor works in partnership with over 150 local authorities and supports Britain’s leading businesses. The company is investing £1.8bn in vital low carbon infrastructure and has UK’s largest advanced network of recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities.

Viridor is Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner, working with 96 per cent of Scottish local authorities and some of the biggest names in Scottish business such as Scottish Power, RBS, BAE Systems and Coca Cola Enterprises.

In addition to its £100m Scottish network of recycling-led technologies, the company has announced £357m of Scottish investment in the last eighteen months including:

  • £177.4m Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), Oxwellmains, East Lothian
  • £154m Glasgow Recycling & Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC)
  • £25m UK’s most advanced Glass Recycling Facility, Lanarkshire
  • £300,000 flat-screen TV recycling line at its £23m E-Waste Recycling Hub, Perth
  • £180,000 Dry mixed recycling upgrade at its £11m Materials Recycling Facility, Bargeddie.

Viridor embodies the circular economy, managing over 7 million tonnes of recyclates and resources each year, of which 2.4 million tonnes are recycled. With seven energy recovery facilities and four more under construction, Viridor currently produces enough energy to power over 330,000 homes.

Viridor makes a substantial contribution to the resource management sector through investment in people and skills employing over 3,200 people at 318 facilities.

Viridor leads technology and innovation in the sector, investing in progressive opportunities such as the DECC sponsored Viridor and Highview Power energy storage project and the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility in Newhouse, using technology to give resources new life.

Viridor is a pivotal member of the Circular Economy Task Force and a subscribing member to Business in the Community (BitC). Viridor has won several awards including the Industry Award for Excellence for Design of a Waste Management Facility, won by Rochester Plastic Recycling Facility; the National Recycling Award for Local Authority Innovation; for Best Private Sector Initiative at the Scottish Resources Awards and the CIWM Award for the Best Run UK Waste Management Facility at Lakeside.

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