Waste solution agreed for Clyde Valley councils

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A project run by five councils — including Esdt Renfrewshire — has appointed Viridor Waste Management as the preferred bidder for a new way of processing household waste.

The Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partners — led by North Lanarkshire and including East Dunbartonshire, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and East Ren — was set up to procure a long-term waste management solution.

The contract is expected to be worth £700 million over a 25 year period, and came about as a result of Sir John Arbuthnott’s review of shared services across the Clyde Valley.

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

Viridor’s solution will, according to the council, process approximately 190,000 tonnes of residual waste per year, helping to reach national recycling targets by 2025.

Councillor Jim Fletcher, leader of ERC, said: “The development is very good news for residents and businesses within the partner council areas.

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

Although spread across local authority areas, the contract puts no restrictions on how each partner council collects its waste.