The treatment of two high impact areas of waste, construction and commercial food, will receive a boost in Wales as the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced new funding.
Grants for new facilities to treat both types of waste and expansions to existing facilities will be available until March 2011. A WRAP spokeswoman said there were no precise figures for the total amount available because the pot may change. This is because WRAP is bidding for additional funding which may boost the amount available. She said there was no maximum amount for funding applications, but added that WRAP will only fund a maximum of 30% of any project costs.
To qualify for funding, food treatment projects must have a minimum of 60% of waste from commercial and industrial sources, for example from ready meal manufacturers.
Money for construction waste treatment covers facilities and equipment for collection and mobile processing, and extra processing or separation.
WRAP Cymru market development manager Peter Webster said: Food waste is potentially one of the more harmful forms of waste, rapidly turning into methane - one of the most damaging greenhouse gases in landfill. Through anaerobic digestion, this can be captured and used to generate renewable energy.
Construction waste will not create greenhouse gases in the same way, but such large quantities are produced that it can be very hard to dispose of. Yet, it makes economic sense to reprocess as long as facilities are close to the source of waste and the market for recycled materials.
According to Webster, the scheme is the result of WRAP and Welsh Assembly recognition that flexible funding is needed in the current economic climate that makes investment decisions harder.