Who is Viridor?

Founded in 1957, Viridor is one of the largest recycling, energy recovery and waste management companies in the UK.

We work in partnership with more than 150 local authorities and major clients with 34,000 customers across the UK, transforming waste into resources which can be returned to the circular economy.


Viridor manages 6.7 million tonnes of recyclates and resources each year through a network of 16 UK material recycling facilities, including two specialists plastics recycling and reprocessing plants.

Our 10 energy recovery facilities, including two in Scotland in Glasgow and Dunbar, produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 500,000 homes.

  • Dunbar ERF – Viridor’s Energy Recovery Facility in East Lothian became operational in early 2019. The facility is integral to the Scottish Government’s ambitions to deliver a zero waste, circular economy which encourages waste reduction, boosts recycling and recovers vital energy from what cannot be recycled.
  • Glasgow RREC – Viridor operates the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC), the state-of-the-art recycling and sustainable waste management facility in Polmadie, Glasgow. The facility, which began operation in January 2019, was designed to transform how Glasgow handles its domestic waste. Viridor is committed within the GRREC project to supporting the community, delivering a legacy for Scotland’s largest city and its people through an ambitious community benefits programme.
  • Bargeddie rMRF – Viridor has a state-of-the-art residual Materials Recycling Facility (rMRF) at Bargeddie in North Lanarkshire. The rMRF is at the centre of a 190,000-tonne contract with five Scottish councils, diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill and generating energy. The 25-year partnership includes five local authorities led by North Lanarkshire Council and including East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire.

Working in Communities

Viridor has a track record of ingraining ourselves into and supporting the local communities in which we operate, directly employing over 400 people in Scotland.

Our proposals for South Lanarkshire would be no different and we can confirm that the proposed ERF would provide:

  • Permanent jobs: Up-to 55  permanent full-time jobs when operational.
  • Construction opportunities: Construction of the proposed ERF would create approximately 500 jobs during its three-year build programme. The main contractor will subcontract small work packages to different companies and we will encourage local firms to tender for these works. Contractors sourced from outside of the immediate locale tend to rely heavily on local shops, hotels, B&Bs, taxis etc during the 3-year build programme, supporting the local economy.
  • Education and training programmes: Viridor offers a wide range of apprenticeship programmes at intermediate, advanced or high levels in different areas of its business. In our industry, working towards our energy goals and a circular economy, we look towards the best and the brightest to help drive our aspirations for our future development. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain valuable work experience, qualifications and can lead to a great career.

Viridor is committed to community benefits programmes across its facilities, helping to support and invest in the local people and communities. The three main areas of community focus being local Recruitment and Training, investing in SME’s & Social Enterprise and providing Education & Awareness.