Roundup of Welsh Recycling News April 18

NRW Warning for Welsh Firms

The warning comes after the directors of a waste company in North Wales were ordered to pay a total of £292,000 as compensation for running a waste operation illegally.

Tim Jones, executive director of operations for North and Mid Wales for Natural Resources Wales, said: “We don’t want to take companies to court. We’d much rather work with them so they operate legally without harming the environment.

“Sites such as this pose a very real threat to the local environment, to people and wildlife. So they have to be cleared.

“So it’s right that the people responsible for creating the situation are also the ones who pay to clear up the mess and environmental threat they leave behind.

“All companies that run waste sites must prove to us that they have the right systems, infrastructure and processes in place before we award an environmental permit.

“We’re more than happy to discuss any issues with any waste operator. It’s much better to deal with problems before they become serious rather than punish the perpetrators afterwards.”

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Cardiff looks to Viridor ERF for heating solution

Cardiff council is proposing a scheme to heat public and commercial buildings across Cardiff using energy generated from Viridor’s Trident Park energy recovery facility (ERF).

The cabinet is not set to review the proposals to develop the district-heating network in parts of Cardiff Bay and the city centre, which could cost up to £26.5m.

According to the authority, buildings that connect to the network would no longer need to use gas to heat their property so reducing energy bills and the city’s carbon emissions.

Viridor’s Trident Park ERF in Cardiff: the city council is backing a heating network scheme
Trident Park ERF currently has contracts to burn non-recyclable waste from nine local authorities in South East Wales, including Cardiff.

An Outline Business Case has been developed to evaluate the project, based on a detailed study funded by both Central and Welsh Government, the council said.

Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility currently burns non-recyclable waste for two council partnerships: Prosiect Gwyrdd involving Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire and Vale of GlamorgancCouncils and the Tomorrow’s Valley Partnership involving Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Councils. Operated and owned by Viridor, the plant currently produces 30MW of electricity, enough energy to power 50,000 homes.

When the facility was built it was designed so that it could produce both heat and power. When heat is used in addition to the electricity generation process – it can significantly increase the efficiency of the plant, the council said.

According to the council, Viridor’s plant could contribute 85% of the heat required for the heating network.

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