• Eunomia has worked with two Welsh local authorities to create a residual waste framework agreement that is open to all councils in Wales.
• Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion councils have announced contracts let under the framework that will save each council over £350,000 a year.
• Exporting waste to Sweden will create 11 jobs at Pembroke Dock, and reduce the carbon impact of residual waste.
Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils have become the first Welsh local authorities to let contracts under an innovative waste framework agreement developed with Eunomia Research & Consulting. Both Councils are set to make annual savings in excess of £350,000.
Under the framework, which is run by Pembrokeshire Council with support from Eunomia, the councils can buy waste disposal services from one of seven suppliers, consisting of two UK and five export solutions. The framework agreement is now available to all other councils in Wales and Pembrokeshire Council has already had enquiries from a number of other authorities.
The two new contracts are with Potters Waste Management. Waste will be processed at sites at Pembroke Port and in Lampeter, to remove recyclable materials. The waste will then be shredded, baled and wrapped at Pembroke Port to create a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) which can then be shipped overseas. The contract, which is expected to create 11 jobs at Pembroke Dock and in local haulage, will commence on 1st March 2015 and it is expected that the first shipment will take place at the beginning of June.
The RDF will be exported to Sweden for use in a high efficiency power station, which produces both electricity and heat for local households. Using the excess capacity in Swedish incinerators makes it a low-cost treatment option, while the combined heat and power technology employed enables far more energy to be extracted from the waste compared with most UK incinerators, making this both a green and economical solution.
The framework responds to the financial and performance pressures faced by local authorities in Wales regarding the management of their municipal waste. Authorities now pay landfill tax of £80 per tonne, and are striving to meet challenging statutory recycling targets.
Eunomia Director Joe Papineschi, who leads the project, said,
“Local authorities in Wales have significant challenges to meet on shrinking budgets. Using the framework agreement simplifies the process of tendering for residual waste treatment, and makes some very competitive prices available both from UK and overseas facilities. There are real opportunities for councils in Wales to quickly and cheaply access very high quality facilities.