They say waste not want not! But, thanks to the council, the people of North Lanarkshire will see their waste being used to meet a great want. This comes after the local authority announced a pioneering environmental project, to create electrical energy from rubbish residents throw away.
North Lanarkshire Council, among other local authorities, have come up with a novel method of diverting refuse intended for a landfill. Electricity could be generated by converting mass amounts of waste, adding up to thousands of tonnes.
The revolutionary 25-year Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project sees five councils, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire working in conjunction with Viridor. A prestigious UK recycling firm, operating in the field of waste management and renewable energy. They have set up a one of a kind partnership contract, where at most around 200,000 tonnes of refuse bags will be converted to low carbon energy annually, to benefit the environment.
The project is said to be worth in the region of £700 million and has been running since the beginning of January. The procedure begins with waste being taken to Viridor’s Materials Recovery Facility at Bargeddie, in North Lanarkshire, where it is processed to make fuel, which is then shipped to Viridor’s facility in Dunbar in East Lothian. Here it is subjected to high temperatures, generating 258GWh of low carbon electrical energy, which goes to the national grid.
Adding up to an environmental project considered the first of its type in Scotland, as well as making huge improvements in efficiently managing refuse. Allowing waste, instead of undergoing recycling, being transferred from a landfill, and converted to electrical energy. Providing the Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility an outlet, supplying power for over 70,000 households, and decreasing carbon levels linked to refuse disposal.
The company maintains is premises at Bargeddie and Dunbar employ the latest techniques and technological advances when overseeing the contract. As well as assisting the various local authorities adhere to the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan and Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012. The contract can also have a positive impact on the community, offering work placements, apprenticeships and training workshops for local businesses.
This, alongside its ecological benefit, finding a use for discarded refuse, and generating electricity for the national grid, may only raise people’s interest in the 25-year Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project.