Scotland's first Public-Private partnership

In September 2001 Shanks Waste Management Ltd entered into its Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with Argyll & Bute Council, which was also the first such contract ever signed in Scotland.

The area’s population of 91,300 is spread over 2,668 square miles, (6,909 square kilometres) including 16,000 people living on 26 islands. This created challenging logistics.

The partnership ensures the region receives the best in sustainable waste management services, providing value to the community for the next 25 years.

The contractual requirements were to:

• Install, operate and maintain three black-bag waste processing facilities, thereby increasing recycling and diverting waste from landfill.   Combined, the sites handle 39,000 tonnes of household and 26,000 tonnes of commercial and construction waste.

• Operate and maintain the transfer stations and Household Waste Recycling Centres

• Implement environmental and operational improvement to the existing waste facilities, including landfill gas control systems

• Initiate recycling collections from a variety of bring banks in the area

• Improve the island waste management sites of Mull, Tiree & Islay, to facilitate local recycling

• Continue to support local environmental initiatives


Shanks met landfill diversion targets of 35% in 2006, seven years ahead of schedule.