£180m plan aims to transform waste disposal in the city

06 Jul 2012

A plan to transform the way Glasgow disposes of its waste has taken a major step forward.

Peel Environmental has submitted planning applications to build a giant energy-from-waste plant in the Shieldhall area of the city, and a recycling centre in Clydebank.

100 permanent jobs and enough work to keep 500 construction workers busy for months would be created should councillors in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire grant planning permission for the Clydeside facilities.

The North Clyde Recycling Centre at Clydebank's disused Rothesay Dock will be built at a cost of £35m and the proposed South Clyde Energy Centre located near the city's George V Dock and Hillington Industrial Estate will cost four times as much at £145m.

Company chiefs at Peel calculate that waste which is unsuitable for the recycling centre in Clydebank will be able to generate 20MW of electricity at the South Clyde Energy Centre in Shieldhall - the equivalent of powering 38,000 homes. If there are no delays each site could be operational before 2014 and that could mean cheaper electricity bills for thousands of families in Glasgow.

Myles Kitcher, company director at Peel believes that the submission of these planning applications is an important step to bringing significant investment, jobs and a source of renewable energy to Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire.

Council chiefs in Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire confirmed that planning applications had been lodged by Peel and said the details would be considered in "due course."

Source: Evening Times - £180m plan aims to transform waste disposal in the city