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Glasgow & Clyde Valley: Area Waste Plan

As part of the National Waste Strategy: Scotland, each Waste Strategy Area has gone through a process which has resulted in the formulation of an Area Waste Plan.

This Area Waste Plan is the way in which the Waste Strategy Area plan to deal with its waste in order to meet the targets set out in the EC Landfill Directive and to develop more sustainable methods of waste management.

Following is a short summary of the process that was undergone in Clyde Valley:

2001: Clyde Valley: The Options

The paper outlines 5 options for the future waste management of the area. These are:

  1. The first Option focuses on composting and recycling.

  2. The second Option also focuses on composting and recycling, but with a greater emphasis on recycling than Option 1 above.

  3. Option 3 involves thermal treatment, using a combination of incineration and some gasification or pyrolysis, to produce Energy from Waste.

  4. Option 4 is similar to Option 3, but in this case, the use of the newer thermal treatment technologies of gasification and pyrolysis will be used more than mass-burn incineration.

  5. The final Option includes some recycling, composting and Energy from Waste, but will depend heavily on the use of landfills (61%).

You are still the most important factor in the equation. Without your help, the targets set out in the Landfill Directive will never be achieved. Click on the blue words to find out how you can help at home, and get recycling!!!

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2002: Clyde Valley Draft Waste Area Plan (AWP)

The Clyde Valley Waste Strategy Area encompasses the Local Authority areas of East and West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North and South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

It is now open for public consultation. This means that you have a right to comment on it. It is important that you do so, as your opinions will be considered and may even influence the final Area Waste Plan. The consultation closes on the 20th of September, 2002. You can obtain a copy of the consultation questionnaire from:


Alan Farquhar, John Stewart, Scott Armstrong, Dianne Foy
SEPA Glasgow Office
Law House
Todd Campus
West of Scotland Science Park
Maryhill Road
GLASGOW
G20 0XA


Tel: 0141 945 6350
Fax: 0141 948 0006

You can also download it from the SEPA website, by clicking here.

The Waste Strategy Area Group (WSAG) aims to

"develop waste management systems that will control waste generation, reduce the environmental impacts of waste production, improve resource efficiency, stimulate investment and maximise the opportunities arising from waste."

More specifically, they propose to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to just 25% by the year 2020.

They intend to do this by:

1. Increasing composting from 0.2% (1998) to 15%;
2. Increasing recycling from 3.8% (1998) to 40%;
3. Recovering 20% of the waste using other technologies;
4. Decreasing landfill from 96% (1998) to 25%.

These objectives are driven by an important piece of EC legislation called the Landfill Directive. The Directive dictates that the amount of Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) going to landfill must be reduced to 35% of what it was in 1995 by 2020. In other words, by the year 2020, the Clyde Valley Waste Strategy Area will only be allowed to landfill 210, 000 tonnes of BMW.

Therefore, the Draft Plan focuses heavily on the waste collected by or on behalf of the Local Authorities. Although this waste comprises only 17% of the waste generated in the area, around 60% of it is biodegradable. This could contribute to global warming if it goes into landfill sites.

The Draft AWP was formulated following a public consultation on and an environmental appraisal of the waste management Options detailed above. Option B was deemed the Best Practicable Environmental Option. However, this Option will not meet the final Landfill Directive targets for 2020. Therefore, the above targets were decided upon as an augmented version of Option B that will achieve those targets.

At present there are 5 main landfill sites in the Waste Strategy Area that accept Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Of these, 2 already have systems in place that generate energy from the landfill gas, and the other 3 plan to do so in the near future. There are also 10 waste transfer stations that accept MSW.

In terms of recycling facilities, there are 2 Material Recovery Facilities, several scrap merchants and recyclers, composting facilities, civic amenity sites and recycling centres and banks.

The Draft Plan depends heavily on waste minimisation. To you and me, that means cutting down the amount of waste that we produce and put in the bin. To find out how you can help, click here.

There is also a strong emphasis on recycling and composting. Steel cans, aluminium, paper, glass, plastics, textiles, putrescibles and miscellaneous combustibles will all be recycled under the Draft Plan. The majority of this will be achieved through public (that means you) participation in the separate kerbside collections and use of recycling banks. The WSAG will also be promoting home composting.

SWAG will be working with the WSAG to raise awareness of waste matters.

Glasgow & Clyde Valley Area Waste Plan

If you would like to read the full Area Waste Plan, please click here to view it.

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