The Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partners have appointed Viridor Waste Management as their preferred bidder for household waste processing services.
The Partnership includes East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire councils as well as Renfrewshire.
The contract will deliver a long term solution for treatment and disposal of waste.
The contract is expected to be worth around £700 million over the 25 year contract period.
Following a formal bid process which began in January 2013, Viridor has been selected to design, construct, finance and operate the facilities to treat waste which would otherwise go to landfill.
The proposal will save natural resources through increased recycling and green energy recovery, which represents Best Value to the taxpayer.
The new waste processing centre will handle approximately 190,000 tonnes of residual waste per year, providing services to a population of more than 845,000 people, helping reach national targets for recycling and landfill diversion by 2025.
Councillor Eddie Devine, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “This development is very good news for Renfrewshire’s residents and businesses.
“The new shared service will recover much more of the waste that is not already being recycled, so far less will be sent to landfill.
“Renfrewshire has a strong track record for recycling. The most recent figures show that we are recycling 47% of our household waste compared with the Scottish average of 42.8%.
“This is an excellent example of a shared service which will see an end to domestic waste being dumped in landfill as well as delivering savings and improvements to our services. Importantly, the new service will offer best value for money to Renfrewshire taxpayers.”
Mr. Ian McAulay, Chief Executive of Viridor, said: “Viridor is delighted to be announced as preferred bidder on the flagship Clyde Valley Residual Waste Partnership project. The announcement is good news for partner councils, their local environments, economies and communities.
“We look forward to working towards financial close and to helping deliver their sustainability, zero waste and community benefit objectives.”