Scottish Borders council has awarded a contract to Levenseat Limited for the transport and treatment of 42,000 tonnes of residual waste, which had previously been landfilled.
The council says the residual waste will be collected from Waste Transfer Stations, including a new purpose-built facility at Easter Langlee near Galashiels.
Waste will then be taken to Levenseat’s site in West Lothian, where most of the waste will be treated to produce a refuse derived fuel which will generate heat and electricity.
The new contract began on July 1 and signals the end of landfill operations at Easter Langlee, almost 50 years after they started.
With the closure of the site Scottish Borders council will meet the requirements of the Scottish Government’s landfill site ban, ahead of the January 2021 deadline.
Cllr Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said he was “delighted” with the new contract. “This decision will see a reduction in harmful greenhouse gases from landfilling the waste and we believe it will also result in an improved recycling performance.
“Households and families should continue to play their part to divert recyclable materials from their black bins – helping the local environment and saving public funding – by using our range of recycling services.”
“This decision will see a reduction in harmful greenhouse gases from landfilling the waste”
Councillors approved the development of the new waste transfer station at the location of the former landfill in August 2015. It was believed to be the most cost-effective and flexible option.
Angus Hamilton, managing director of Levenseat, said that the new contract and facilities would provide a “sustainable solution” for materials which had previously been sent to landfill.
“Award of this contract has been achieved after a great deal of hard work by both parties and forms a key part of Levenseat’s objectives as a company to reduce landfill in Scotland,” Mr Hamilton added.
“We are delighted to be given this opportunity to work with Scottish Borders council, and by sharing expertise, enthusiasm and a target of achieving both zero landfill and maximising recycling we aim to provide the best service possible.”