Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant visited Aberdare to officially open Tomorrow’s Valley Anaerobic Digestion facility.
Tomorrow’s Valley food waste hub is a joint partnership between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport and Merthyr councils that was formed to produce a sustainable and economical solution for the treatment of food waste collected from all three Councils.
The new facility, which will support the creation of four full time jobs, will divert food waste from landfill and has the capacity to process 22,500 tonnes of food waste per year, producing 1Mega Watt of renewable energy; enough to power more than 1500 homes.
Carl Sergeant – “We know of course that these projects also bring with them economic benefits for the local area. Many jobs were created during construction of this site and four full time posts have been created to operate the plant”
With support from the Welsh Government, the Tomorrow’s Valley food waste hub has competitively procured a contract with Biogen UK for the long-term treatment of their food waste.
Carl Sargeant said: “Today, householders across Wales recycle 56% of their waste, resulting in Wales being the highest recycling nation within the United Kingdom and the 4th highest recycling nation, in the European Union.
“The Welsh Government is working with local authorities to help them towards achieving their recycling targets and this project is a great example of the effective use of collaboration and joint working between local authorities, the private sector and the Welsh Government.
“We know of course that these projects also bring with them economic benefits for the local area. Many jobs were created during construction of this site and four full time posts have been created to operate the plant.”