Viridor has secured a contract to transform 95,000 tonnes of residual waste annually into low carbon energy and recycled aggregates from Tomorrow’s Valley – a group of four Welsh local authorities, led by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. The 25-year contract, which may be extended for a further five years, will begin in April 2016 and is backed by funding from the Welsh Government. It will mean that residual waste from across four councils will be diverted from landfill and processed at Viridor’s £223m Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Cardiff. The deal will allow the authorities to build on their successful recycling records, and give resources new life.
The initial procurement was by Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil, with Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen Councils joining to realise the benefits of scale in working with Viridor. In addition to the recovery of energy, the recycling of residues from Trident Park will help the four authorities towards achieving the statutory recycling targets set by the Welsh Government. Trident Park ERF, officially opened in June 2015 by the Rt. Hon. Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales , diverts residual waste away from landfill, generating 30MW of electricity for the National Grid. The addition of material from the Tomorrow’s Valley authorities to that already managed on behalf of the five-council Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership will mean that the ERF is securely managing some 267,000 tonnes of waste from nine Welsh local authorities.