In a move that underscores Glasgow’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Glasgow City Council has unveiled plans for a groundbreaking redevelopment of the Easter Queenslie waste depot. This ambitious project aims to transform the site into Scotland’s premier “centre of excellence” for waste management and recycling.

The revamped facility, set to be the largest of its kind in Scotland, is slated to be fully operational by 2026. At the heart of this redevelopment will be a state-of-the-art material recovery facility (MRF). This new MRF is designed to replace the ageing Blochairn centre and will focus on efficiently processing a range of materials, including plastic containers, bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard.

Beyond its core recycling functions, the Easter Queenslie site will also feature modern office spaces and welfare accommodations for its staff. In a nod to community engagement and education, the facility will also house dedicated areas for community and school group visits, allowing the next generation to learn firsthand about recycling and waste management practices.

The project is not just about infrastructure; it’s about setting a precedent. As Glasgow strives to align with evolving government regulations on waste management, this initiative represents a significant step forward. The city aims to not only meet but exceed recycling targets, positioning itself as a national leader in sustainable waste management practices.

Cllr Ruairi Kelly, SNP, convener for neighbourhood services, lauded the project, stating that investing in modern equipment will ensure both the quantity and quality of materials delivered to recycling processors. He emphasized the significance of the project, noting that it would play a pivotal role in shaping Glasgow’s environmental future.