Vale and Cardiff Councils celebrate £13m investment in new food recycling and energy plant

14 October 2015

The Vale of Glamorgan and City of Cardiff Councils are pleased to announce the start of the construction of an Organic Waste Treatment Centre.


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Construction has followed on from the planning and design process which included public consultation on the proposals in the local area.  The ground breaking ceremony took place on the 6 October at its Tremorfa site in Cardiff where the  new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility will be housed.  An Open Windrow Composting (OWC) facility will be located at Lamby Way, with construction there to commence in Spring 2016.

The Vale and Cardiff Councils are working together with Kelda, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, EnCon Construction and Anaergia to develop some of the latest technology that will not only treat and recycle the organic waste but will also produce sustainable sources of energy and growing medium for arable farming. . The site build will be completed in 2016 and will guarantee 97% of food delivered will be recycled. The green waste site build will be completed in 2016 and will guarantee the same 97% recycling rate.

Cllr Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for Visible Services & Leisure in the Vale, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with the City of Cardiff Council to deliver the organic waste treatment facilities. The facilities are a demonstration of our shared commitment to reducing waste, recycling and sustainability.

“The innovative technology developed by Kelda’s plant will produce clean energy from our residents’ kitchen waste. We now have a sustainable long term solution for composting Vale of Glamorgan’s organic waste.”

Cllr Bob Derbyshire Cabinet Member Environment in Cardiff, said: “The beginning of construction of this site marks a very special day 15 year partnership between Kelda, the City of Cardiff Council and the Vale of Glamorgan councils to deliver innovative ways to treat organic waste.

“This contract is a reinforcement of our commitment to meet the statutory Welsh Government (WG) targets as we work towards their ‘Zero Waste’ goal for 2050. “The new plant will be capable of breaking down waste extremely quickly and produce enough electricity to power 4,000 homes and can produce up to 26,000 tonnes of soil conditioner per year. Both facilities will create new job opportunities.”

Kelda’s Managing Director, Pamela Doherty said: “We are delighted to begin construction on this state of the art recycling facility to begin working with Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Councils.

The facility will allow Kelda to provide a high quality recycling service to the Councils and support the achievement of zero waste targets.  This facility will also supply renewable energy to our partner, Welsh Water, for its Tremorfa site and sustainable fertiliser from both sites will be recycled to local agriculture, working to our group vision of “Taking responsibility for the water environment for good”.

Mike Pedley, Head of Energy at Welsh Water, said: “As one of the largest energy users in Wales we support this initiative which builds on the renewable energy projects we have developed on our sites in recent years. These help to reduce costs and therefore help keep bills lower for our customers. In the last six years, Welsh Water has increased the amount of renewable energy it generates from 2% to 20% of the energy we use. This additional power from the Kelda plant is another step towards our long-term goals for sustainability and low carbon operation.”