Plans emerge for two Welsh residual waste plants

Plans for two separate Welsh facilities to manage residual waste have come to fruition this week, at opposite ends of the country as reported by Click Here

Flintshire county council has provisionally granted permission for a mechanical biological treatment plant in Deeside, North Wales, which will manage up to 182,000 tonnes of residual municipal, commercial and industrial waste per annum.

The Deeside facility will comprise of a materials recycling facility and anaerobic digestion plant, utilising technology by ArrowBio
The application has been made by Logik WTE Ltd.

Meanwhile in the south of Wales, Biffa is preparing to put in an application to develop a small-scale energy from waste facility in Swansea.

The waste management firm entered a pre-application process for the facility which will treat around 21,000 tonnes of trade waste, currently collected by Biffa in the Swansea area.

Currently, this waste is transported out of the local authority area for disposal via landfill.

In Wales, there is a requirement to carry out pre-application consultation on panning applications for major developments.

The pre-application process for Biffa ends today (July 20), following which the company can submit a full application.

In terms of public feedback, Mark Walton, director of planning at WYG and consultant for Biffa, said so far there has been “nothing unexpected”.

The proposed development will generate 0.4 megawatts of renewable energy in the form of electricity, which will be exported to the National Grid and low-level heat.

It will represent an investment of around £5 million by Biffa in its existing facility at Clarion Close – a waste management and transport depot.

A pre-application for Biffa to develop a small-scale energy from waste facility in Swansea has closed today (picture: WYG)
The proposed facility will comprise the recovery of metals from imported waste with the residual material used to produce energy via advanced thermal ‘incineration’ treatment.

If approved, the building footprint will be increased from 945 sqm to 1,125 sqm, with an emission stack 25m high. The construction period is estimated at around one year.

It is noted that the new facility will create 15 new full-time employment opportunities whilst retaining the 40 personnel who currently work at the site.