Five local authorities in south east Wales have joined forces to find a solution to treat reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, which is set to be the biggest collaboration between the public and private sector in Welsh history.
Prosiect Gwyrdd - made up from local authorities in south east Wales, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan has put the waste PPP out for tender.
The 25-year contract has the option for an additional five-year extension. It invites firms to provide a solution for municipal waste once recycling and composting has been maximised in each location, which is estimated at 30-35% of the total municipal waste produced. In 2008/09, 297,192 tonnes of municipal waste arising in these areas was landfilled.
Chair of the joint committee for Prosiect Gwyrdd Cllr Mark Stephens said: The European Journal advertisement confirms the commencement of a project that will deliver a sustainable, beneficial solution to the remaining waste, and is set to be the biggest collaboration between the public and private sector in Welsh history. The Partnership will deliver a low-carbon impact solution to waste after recycling and composting has been maximised, minimising waste to landfill, obtain maximum value from waste as a resource and provide best value to the taxpayer.
The project is technology-neutral but cited certain options for the waste treatment such as further sorting processes, drying and shredding waste to make fuel to generate energy, recovering materials after steam-cleaning, gasification, anaerobic digestion or other options to burn waste to create energy.
Funding for the initiative has been secured through the Welsh Assembly Government but the actual cost will remain confidential because the project is subject to a commercial tender process.
WAG environment minister Jane Davidson said: We have tough European targets, and Prosiect Gwyrdd will help contribute towards our goal of zero landfill.