FIVE councils have agreed to join forces to deliver a new multi-million pound waste processing plant.
East Dunbartonshire Council will team up with East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire councils to deliver the project - expected to save around £2million a year.
It’s the first scheme to follow recommendations contained in a report on council services across the Clyde Valley authored by former NHS chief Sir John Arbuthnott in 2010.
He concluded that individual councils should work closely with each other to deliver shared services - including “an integrated approach to waste management”.
As well as saving money, the new facility is expected to help reach tough recycling targets set by the Scottish Government.
The five councils are currently inviting expressions of interest from companies interested in bidding for the contract to build the plant, which is expected to be finished by 2019.
Council leaders are remaining tight-lipped over whether other services would eventually be shared between authorities – a move which could lead to job losses in the future.
And there is no suggestion of where the plant, which is expected to include an incinerator, will be located.
Keith Scrimgeour, the council’s roads and neighbourhood services manager, confirmed: “East Dunbartonshire Council is working in partnership with North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire Council to build a new facility to manage waste which will assist us in achieving our recycling targets for the future.”
Gavin Whitefield, chief executive of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We’re anticipating the commencement date for the project is December 2019, prior to the 2020 landfill ban.”
He added: “But the partner councils may consider an earlier service commencement date if value for money can be demonstrated.”
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