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
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
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.