Ceredigion and Powys county councils have signed an £11 million contract with Agrivert to recycle 10,000 tonnes-a-year of food waste at the company’s anaerobic digestion plant in Cassington, Oxfordshire.
In 2009, the Welsh Government embarked on an ambitious food waste recycling programme, which saw local authorities come together to form five “procurement hubs” to jointly procure food waste treatment capacity. Ceredigion and Powys formed the Central Wales Waste Partnership (CWWP).
(l-r) John Griffiths, Welsh minister for environment and sustainable development; Harry Waters, commercial director at Agrivert; and, Huw Morgan, director of Ceredigion’s highways, property and works department
The partners of CWWP are the first Welsh hub to sign a contract under the Welsh Government programme, despite being the last hub to start the procurement process.
Agrivert will start recycling central Wales’ food waste via anaerobic digestion (AD) in November this year. The waste will be used to produce renewable electricity and digestate for use as fertiliser in agriculture.
The waste will initially be transported by local haulier, Mansel Davies & Son, to Agrivert’s AD facility in Oxfordshire. The councils said that when they considered the environmental impact of Agrivert’s proposal, the environmental benefits, in terms of renewable energy and fertiliser generation, were found to significantly outweigh the carbon footprint caused by the transport. Both the CWWP and Agrivert eventually hope to develop more localised treatment facilities.
Agrivert’s chief executive, Alexander Maddan, said: “We are delighted to have signed this 15 year contract with the authorities. Over the last year we have worked very hard to develop a solution for the hub. We are proud that this is not only the first hub to sign a food waste.