North Clyde Recycling Centre

  • Artist's impression of the new North Clyde Energy Centre
  • The site of the new energy centre

Lead Partner: Peel Environmental


Project History
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  • Artist's impression of the new South Clyde Energy Centre
  • Aerial view of the north bank location
  • Aerial view of the north bank location
  • Aerial view of the North Clyde Energy Centre location
  • The site of the new energy centre


Clydebank & Erskine, Rothesay Dock


The North Clyde Recycling Centre will play a vital role in the multimillion pound regeneration planned for the area and create up to 40 permanent jobs and 150 construction jobs in an area of high unemployment.  It will also include a Visitor & Education centre for use by schools and the community.

he development will play a pivotal role in the management of up to 250,000 tons of waste per year, create local jobs, generate renewable energy and treat household and commercial waste in line with the Scottish Government's Zero Waste policies.

The centre will receive three different steams of waste:

  • Source segregated food and garden waste
  • Co-mingled recyclable waste
  • Unsegregated mixed waste

In order to effectively treat these diverse streams, a range of processes will be used.

The food and garden waste will be shredded and pulped before being fed into an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Facility where the organic waste is rapidly broken down by bacteria and the resulting gas captured and used for generating energy. The AD plant will also produce a bio-fertiliser which will be sent to farms in the region.

The co-mingled recyclables, such as: glass, paper, card, plastics and metals, will be processed in a Recyclables Sorting Facility which will separate the various waste types into single categories. Once separated, the material will be baled and sold to be recycled into other products.

The unsegregated waste will be fed through a Recyclables Recovery Facility which will strip out any recyclable material which has not been separated at the disposal point - this is expected to account for around 15 per cent of the overall volume.

The remaining material left after recycling has taken place will be prepared, along with any rejected material from the other processes, into a Refuse Derived Fuel for combustion in an Energy from Waste plant elsewhere.




Current status:

Planning application approved December 2012


2012 - 2015