FCC Environment UK, a company engaged in waste and resource management companies, has presented a new master plan for the sustainable, long-term future of its Greengairs landfill site, in North Lanarkshire, which is a direct response to the “zero waste” strategy of the Scottish Government. This strategy contemplates the forthcoming ban on the landfilling of food, paper, garden and any other biodegradable household waste before the January 1st 2021, which will cause a significant shortfall of waste treatment facilities capable of dealing with this waste.
The modern waste management compound sponsored by FCC, whose construction will involve the investment of 350 million pound (around 400 million euro), is designed to respond to this deficit, whilst maintaining the current employment at Greengairs, as well as creating hundreds of new construction jobs and long-term high-quality employment opportunities throughout its lifetime.
Central to this master plan will be the construction of an Energy from Waste facility, the Drumgray Energy Recovery Centre (DERC) that will receive pre-treated residual, non-recyclable, non-hazardous waste otherwise destined for landfill. FCC will use proven energy-from-waste technology, which will thermally treat the waste to generate electricity and heat. The Drumgray ERC will accept up to 300,000 T/year of residual household and business waste, enough to export circa 25.5MW of electricity and the potential to supply heat to local homes and businesses.
In accordance with the existing legislation, an extensive information and consultation program for the population has been launched, so that the communities in the area can participate and be involved in the plan development.