Viridor has announced that the residual Materials Recycling Facility (rMRF) it is building at Bargeddie in North Lanarkshire has entered its second phase of testing.
The £22 million facility will “identify and remove any clean materials” from around 190,000 tonnes of residual waste from five Scottish councils with any remaining non-recyclable material sent to Viridor’s Dunbar Energy from Waste (EfW) plant.
The plant will process waste from December 2019 once Viridor’s £700 million contract with the Clyde Valley Partnership begins.
The deal was signed in 2016 with North Lanarkshire council, as the lead authority on behalf of East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire councils (see letsrecycle.com story).
Testing of the rMRF has now entered its second phase with waste from North Lanarkshire being delivered and processed through the plant’s systems.
The next step will be to gradually increase the amount of waste sent to the facility, allowing the site team to make final adjustments before the Clyde Valley Partnership contract officially commences in December.
Commenting on the milestone, Ron Hardy, local authority contracts manager for Viridor in North Lanarkshire, said: “This is an exciting project which, when fully operational, will see the Bargeddie Hub divert up to 190,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill annually and play a crucial role in delivering Scotland’s ambition to achieve a zero-waste, circular economy.
“We are now reaching a crucial stage of our project where we are starting to fully test the facility by gradually increasing the amount of waste to make sure everything is ready for December.
“We are committed to working closely with the local community and are actively engaging with our neighbours and stakeholders on our plans.”
This was echoed by Andrew McPherson, head of regulatory services and waste solutions at North Lanarkshire council, who said: “Commissioning of the new Bargeddie facility is a key milestone within the Clyde Valley Residual Waste Project and our ambitious targets to reduce household waste going to landfill.
“The technology used at the energy from waste plant makes it possible to transform waste previously sent to landfill into green energy, helping reduce our carbon footprint and improve the environmental impact of our daily lives.”