Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has announced plans for a multi-million pound Eco Park development at its Bryn Pica Waste Management Facility – which would be the first of its kind in the UK.
The facility in Llwydcoed provides recycling services for the County Borough’s residents and businesses, and the Council has ambitious plans to build a self-sustainable Eco Park there. Based on the notion of circular economy, the Eco Park will help turn more rubbish into a resource by collecting and re-using waste materials produced on site – such as heat and electrical energy.
Phase One will see the development of five industrial units housing innovative private businesses. The units will be heated and cooled using large volumes of surplus waste heat produced at an Anaerobic Digestion plant on site, run by Biogen.
The Council is currently in discussion with a number of potential tenants to operate full-time from the new Eco Park. The services they offer are focused on recycling and re-use, including:
- Collecting used paint and producing a new, high-quality paint product which has 90% recycled ingredients.
- Finding a solution to recycling mattress textiles which is problematic due to contamination.
- A nappy recycling and recovery process to produce fibre boards and acoustic panelling, sending no waste to landfill.
- Turning manufacturers’ waste into materials suitable for re-use in the plastics industry – with the potential to make wheelie bins.
Phase Two could utilise a further three hectares of land at Bryn Pica, currently allocated for future development.
A public consultation over the plans will begin on Monday, December 18, when an information website will be published. It will feature more details on the proposed Eco Park, and an artist’s impression video of the development.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:
“The ambitious plans for the development of an Eco Park at Bryn Pica come at a time when everyday recycling is at an all-time high in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Earlier this year, Welsh Government figures showed we recycled 64% of overall waste in 2016 – a record for the County Borough in a 12-month period, which is above the Welsh average (63%) and the Welsh Government’s current target (58%).
“Recycling more, and finding new ways to recycle, continues to be a priority for this Council – and the exciting self-sustainable Eco Park proposed for Bryn Pica would not only be the first of its kind in Wales, but the whole of the UK.”
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, added:
“The Eco Park will also create commercial opportunities and job creation in the Cynon Valley Gateway, ‘Energising the Region’ – one of the Council’s key strategic opportunity areas.
“This important locationbuilds on the £1bn private sector investment in local energy projects and, working with partners across the private and public sectors, there is potential for significant job creation.
“It also conforms to The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales.”