British recycling and energy recovery company Viridor has opened a new Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) at Polmadie, Scotland.

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken has announced the opening of the facility.

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The development of the new centre is part of a 25-year partnership between the city council and Viridor.

The company will operate the facility, which is expected to create 18 new apprenticeships and 250 jobs in the region.

The council expects GRREC to divert more than 200,000t of waste from the city’s landfill every year. This waste will be used to generate electricity that could power 26,496 homes.

The GRREC features a smart recycling facility, an anaerobic digestion facility and an advanced conversion facility (ACF).

Aitken said: “The GRREC will transform the way in which we manage waste in our city and will be crucial to helping us deliver against the ban on municipal waste going to landfill, due to come into effect in 2021.

“Our commitment to the GRREC demonstrates how the council will work with Viridor and our partners in the coming years to ensure Glasgow can take further major steps towards becoming the most sustainable city in Europe.”

The centre can extract recyclable materials from general waste, which would increase the overall recycling rates of the city.

This would divert 90% of the council waste from the city’s landfill and save 90,000t of carbon emissions each year.