Ceredigion and Powys County Councils have announced today (16th March) that they intend to award a contract to Agrivert Ltd for the long term treatment of the region’s food waste. The two authorities have been working together as the Central Wales Waste Partnership to secure the long term sustainable treatment of food waste and have now completed the procurement exercise.
The move will see food waste collected by the two authorities treated by a process called Anaerobic Digestion (AD), which will divert waste from landfill, convert the food waste into a valuable fertilizer and produce renewable electricity. Ceredigion and Powys’ food waste, being treated through the facility, will produce enough green electricity to power around 850 homes, whilst the fertilizer will be spread on farmland near the plant.
AD is considered to be more environmentally friendly than composting, the method currently used to treat food waste in Central Wales, because of its potential to produce electricity. The contract with Agrivert also offers cost savings compared to the current arrangements and avoids landfill costs.
Agrivert’s Chief Executive, Alexander Maddan, commented, “Agrivert are delighted to be appointed to work in partnership with Ceredigion and Powys to recycle food waste. The merits of recycling food waste to produce renewable energy and a valuable fertiliser cannot be understated. Agrivert is looking forward to working in partnership with Ceredigion and Powys to divert food waste from landfill. This service negotiated by the authority will reduce the costs to the tax payer and offer considerable environmental benefits.”
In deciding which company should be awarded the contract, the Partnership considered a wide range of issues including the impact on the environment and the cost. The procurement process has taken under two years to complete and has been fully funded by the Welsh Government as part of its Waste Infrastructure Procurement Programme. Councils across Wales are working together as part of the Programme, but Central Wales’ food waste will be the first to be treated under the initiative. The Partnership is preparing a business case for submission to the Welsh Government to secure further funding for the project over the next 15 years.
Local hauliers, Mansel Davies & Sons will be responsible for moving the waste from the Councils’ depots to the AD plant for treatment. Steven Davies of Mansel Davies said, "Mansel Davies are very pleased to be working with Agrivert supporting the food waste recycling initiative. This contract will generate long term employment opportunities at Mansel Davies and support the local economy. Mansel Davies already enjoys good working relationships with Agrivert and Ceredigion and looks forward to extending this relationship to Powys and continuing its relationship with all three."
Huw Morgan, Director for Ceredigion’s Highways, Property & Works Department, and the officer responsible for the project commented “This contract is a positive step in improving the environment for Ceredigion and Powys and it demonstrates what can be achieved by working together with our neighbouring authorities.”
By taking part in local food waste collection schemes, residents in Ceredigion and Powys can do their bit for the planet by helping to generate energy from their waste, avoid the need to landfill waste, reduce costs and help their Council to meet Government recycling targets.