Glasgow's 2014 Games to build soil treatment centre

Contaminated soil will be recycled for use in landscaping the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village through a pioneering treatment centre planned for the city.

Glasgow City Council plans to use a soil treatment centre (STC) when developing the site at Dalmarnock, in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The STC transforms what would have been waste soils into usable material - reducing the need for "clean" soil and lowering the cost of waste disposal to landfill.

The site for the STC has yet to be decided but it will be located near or within the Athletes' Village site. The council is carrying out a ground investigation and ecological study on derelict land earmarked for the Athletes' Village development.

A remediation strategy will be drawn up and specialist contractors appointed to operate the STC on behalf of the council.

Executive member for development and regeneration Councillor George Ryan said: "We need to come up with a sustainable way of dealing with waste materials while progressing our regeneration and Commonwealth Games plans."

The council is currently assessing developers' bids for the Athletes' Village before a shortlist of prospective partners is drawn up in the autumn.

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