You know those little green bins we all have in Ceredigion to fill with left over food and peelings?
Well as of today Ceredigion and Powys county councils have agreed to work together on a joint project which will turn 10,000 tons of it a year into energy.
A 15 year contract has just been awarded to an Oxfordshire based firm who will be involved in setting up and running the plant.
The two councils are looking to work more closely on a number of issues for various reasons including cost cutting, and with fears about the amount of waste being sent to the shared waste disposal site at Llanidloes both council’s have now agreed to take action.
The food waste will be subjected to a process known as anaerobic digestion which will create enough energy to power a total of 850 homes whilst also producing fertiliser as an eco friendly bi-product which can be used on local farmland.
The project promotes the green credentials of both councils, and it is hoped that this alternative energy production method will significantly increase the green energy production capacity of an area which already has a hydroelectic damn and a number of wind turbine farms.
It will come as no suprise to many who live in this area of the country that people in Ceredigion recycled more waste in 2010 than anywhere else in Britain.
In this area we are blessed with fantastic countryside, beautiful mountains, clear rivers and clean beaches and the more steps that we take to move away from reliance on energy production which produces harmful bi-products the more we will benefit both socially and economically. Our countryside and landscape attracts people from across the world to this part of Wales, and is the envy of many. Not only will this new project reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced through green energy production but it will also reduce the amount of synthetic fertiliser used in our fields to help grow crops. Run off from these fertilisers can be responsible for both water and soil polution.
It is not yet known where the new plant will be based, although it is presumed that it will be in the border area between the two counties to ensure easy access for both council’s waste collection teams.