Two Welsh local authorities are set to save themselves £350,000 after letting contracts under what is being called “an innovative waste framework agreement”.
Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion County Councils are the first Welsh local authorities to let contracts under the framework agreement, developed with Eunomia Research & Consulting, which will see the councils buying waste disposal services from one of seven suppliers, consisting of two UK and five export solutions. The framework agreement is now available to all other councils in Wales and Pembrokeshire Council has already had enquiries from a number of other authorities.
The two contracts that have been agreed are with Potters Waste Management and will see waste processed at sites at Pembroke Port and in Lampeter, to remove recyclable materials. The waste will then be shredded, baled and wrapped to create a refuse derived fuel (RDF) which can then be shipped overseas.
Eunomia Director Joe Papineschi – There are real opportunities for councils in Wales to quickly and cheaply access very high quality facilities”
The contract, which is expected to create 11 jobs at Pembroke Dock and in local haulage, will commence on 1 March 2015, with the first shipment expected to take place at the beginning of June. The RDF will be exported to Sweden for use in a high efficiency power station, which produces both electricity and heat for local households.
Eunomia Director Joe Papineschi, who leads the project, said: “Local authorities in Wales have significant challenges to meet on shrinking budgets. Using the framework agreement simplifies the process of tendering for residual waste treatment, and makes some very competitive prices available both from UK and overseas facilities. There are real opportunities for councils in Wales to quickly and cheaply access very high quality facilities.”
Richard Brown, Pembrokeshire Head of Environment and Civil Contingencies, said the contract provided an opportunity for achieving cost savings for the County Council while also creating jobs and boosting recycling rates, adding: “It provides a flexible, low-risk, value-for-money approach that enables us to divert waste from landfill in the short term, but avoids committing too much waste to incineration in the long term as recycling rates escalate.”
Councillor Alun Williams, Ceredigion County Council’s portfolio holder for Waste and Recycling added: “Ceredigion is always keen to work together with our neighbouring councils and we’re very happy to be doing so with Pembrokeshire on this occasion, thereby saving money for both councils.”