A recycling company has invested £1.2m to create the first wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in south Wales.
Cuddy Recycling’s project received £228,000 from the Welsh Economic Growth Fund, a grant fund set up by the Welsh Government to boost employment and economic growth.
The centre to be built at the former Wern Works site in Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot, will process construction and demolition (C&D) waste from projects and civil amenity sites across the country.
Aggregates will be sorted for reuse in construction companies. Plasterboard will be returned to manufacturers and gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for agricultural purposes.
Cuddy Recycling co-founder Mike Cuddy said the centre would allow C&D waste to be processed in Wales instead of being transported elsewhere.
“There is a real market need in Wales for a facility capable of recycling construction,demolition and earthworks waste as currently some waste products have to be taken to the Midlands for disposal,” he said.
He expects works to build the facility to start in spring 2015.
Welsh economy minister Edwina Hart said: “This project supports two of our key economic sectors – a specific service for the construction sector while the new business will operate in the energy and environment industry: one of the fastest growing sectors in the Welsh economy with waste management the largest sub-sector.
“Companies working in this area are not only making a significant contribution in terms of job creation and financial impact but by reducing waste to landfill they are helping us achieve recycling targets and ensure we are creating a sustainable environment for future generations.”