Viridor has secured an eight-year deal to take residual waste from south-west Wales to its Cardiff energy-from-waste plant.
The contract with Pembrokeshire County Council will see 20,000 tonnes a year of rubbish being taken to the Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF).
More than 99% of south Wales’ residual waste is already taken to Trident Park, which has generated 30MW of electricity for the national grid in five years of operation. The facility also receives non-recyclable waste from councils making up Prosiect Gwyrdd: Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly.
The ERF is operating well above the minimum energy efficiency standards required to be classified as an energy recovery facility, Viridor said.
Head of contracts Patrick Murray said: “We are pleased to have agreed this contract with Pembrokeshire council, which helps us to attach a valuable purpose to waste which cannot be recycled through the creation of low-carbon electricity.
“Trident Park ERF continues to attract visitors to its education centre, including schools and STEM groups, to increase awareness around recycling so we can recycle all that we can and then transform the remainder into electricity, contributing to greater resource and energy efficiency.”
Pembrokeshire council cabinet member for environment Cris Tomos hailed the contract award as “great news”.
“The waste we cannot recycle is now being dealt with and used to generate power here in Wales, and is contributing toward a lower carbon society,” he said.
The contract has come into operation.
Viridor earlier this month won the waste management contract for under-construction Somerset nuclear plant Hinkley Point C.