21 February 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Viridor and Pembrokeshire strike residual waste deal

Viridor has been awarded an eight-year contract with Pembrokeshire county council which will see 20,000 tonnes per year of residual waste sent to the Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Cardiff.

Tonnage at the plant is mainly made up from the councils in the ‘Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership’, which consists of Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly.

The Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility in Cardiff, which serves the councils in the ‘Prosiect Gwyrdd partnership’

However the contract announced today, which was signed in December 2018, will see Pembrokeshire add a further 20,000 tonnes of residual waste to the ERF each year.

Commenting on the deal, Patrick Murray, head of contracts at Viridor, said: “We are pleased to have agreed this contract with Pembrokeshire county council which helps us to attach a valuable purpose to waste which cannot be recycled through the creation of low carbon electricity.

“Trident Park ERF also continues to educate visitors to its education centre, including schools and STEM groups, to increase awareness around recycling so we can recycle all that we can and then transform the remainder into electricity, contributing to greater resource and energy efficiency.”

Councillor Cris Tomos, Pembrokeshire county council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “It is great news to announce the award of this contract to Viridor in the knowledge that the waste that we cannot recycle is now being dealt with and used to generate power here in Wales and is contributing toward a lower carbon society.”

Pembrokeshire achieved a 57% recycling rate in the 2017/18 financial year, down from 65% in the previous period.

Hinkley Point

Meanwhile, Viridor has also announced a two year contract with EDF energy for all waste management at Hinkley Point C, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe. Hinkley Point C is a project to construct a 3,200 MWe nuclear power station with two EPR reactors in Somerset, England.

As part of the contract with Viridor, the waste management company will deliver “integrated waste management services” from the waste arising from the site and all associated infrastructure operations.

It will see food waste transferred to Viridor’s anaerobic digestion facility at Walpole in Somerset, mixed dry recycling sorted through the Priorswood Materials Recycling Facility in Taunton and non-recyclable waste to energy recovery facilities, including the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre once “this is operational next year”.

Viridor Hinkley Point C Contract Manager Louise Skinner said: “Viridor, with its headquarters in the South West and national network of 300+ advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities, is able to offer a total waste management package directed by UK-wide experience in a regionally focused manner.”

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