Work has begun on a £120m energy from waste (EfW) facility in Tayside.

The project, a joint venture between Binn Group and French firm Paprec, will provide low carbon energy to local businesses.

The facility is designed to reduce carbon emissions from the management of residual waste and to provide low carbon energy for the local community.

It will process up to 85,000 tonnes of residual waste each year and generate up to 8 MW of electricity. The plant also has capacity to generate up to 17MW of heat annually.

Along with the 200 jobs created for its construction phase, the new EfW will also generate 30 long-term skilled posts once the facility is operational in early 2026. Maximising the local content is a core focus of Paprec Energies Binn with 60% of the civil works being managed by locally-based companies or branches.

The plant’s energy systems will also enable a range of other low carbon, circular economy and controlled environment agriculture business development opportunities within the Binn Eco Park.

Allan MacGregor, Binn Group CEO, said: “We’re excited that construction has begun on this new EfW facility, which will be transformational in driving business growth, creating new jobs and supporting further investment in the Eco Park and the wider Perthshire economy.

“This new facility will be crucial in creating a cleaner solution for managing non-recyclable waste enabling businesses and local authorities to meet their legal obligations as Scotland continues its transition away from landfill waste in advance of next year’s landfill ban.

“It will also create a clean source of energy which will benefit local businesses and our wider community.”

Binn Group was founded in 2001 by father and son, John and Allan MacGregor, on their estate at Binn farm. It has expanded its operations over the years from providing landfill and skip hire services to include a range of facilities such as recycling, anaerobic digestion and waste incineration.