Eight projects will benefit from the funding
Eight new projects across Wales are getting £5.4million to reduce waste and increase the amount of materials we reuse or recycle.
Some of the projects will improve facilities to repair or refurbish unwanted items.
A new ‘Green Shed’ in Colwyn Bay will involve the local community in preparing items to be reused. A second ‘reuse centre’ in Rhondda Cynon Taf will open in Treherbert, alongside the existing centre in Llantrisant. A new reuse facility will also open in the Maindee area of Newport.
In Pembrokeshire, a Zero Waste School pilot project will provide new recycling facilities at 24 schools in the county, to recycle more waste from schools while encouraging the pupils to reduce waste or dispose of it responsibly.
Funding will also be provided to Denbighshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent, including new reuse facilities and improvements to waste collection services.
The Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn said: “One of the best ways to reduce waste is to repair and refurbish items so they can be reused and some of these projects will improve facilities to enable this. We’re also investing in a pilot schools project to reduce waste and instil good habits from a young age.
“Where materials can’t be re-used, the next best method is to recycle, so we’re also investing in the machinery to better manage recyclable items.
“Wales is first in the UK, second in Europe and third in the world for household recycling, so out track record speaks for itself. The proportion of waste we recycle in Wales has increased dramatically, from 5% in 1999 to 63% last year.
“This range of new projects will not only help reduce waste in the coming years, it should lead to a cultural change in the longer term, helping us achieve our ambition to become a ‘Zero Waste Nation’ by 2050.”
The eight capital funding projects are:
- £500,000 to Pembrokeshire County Council to support a Zero Waste Schools initiative
- £1,020,000 to Conwy/Denbighshire County Councils to support initiatives by CREST
- £1,175,000 to Newport City Council to support initiatives by Wastesavers
- £900,000 to Denbighshire County Council
- £541,000 to Blaenau Gwent CBC
- £120,000 to Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC
- £646,375 to Monmouthshire County Council
- £490,000 to Merthyr Tydfil CBC
The eight projects will be completed in the 2018/19 financial year.
Pembrokeshire - Zero Waste Schools pilot
Total - £500,000
The scheme will engage with schoolchildren to make them aware of the need to recycle from a young age by normalising recycling in schools. The funding will improve infrastructure, including separate bins for different litter types and a vehicle to collect separately presented materials. 16 primary schools and 8 secondary schools will take part in the pilot, which will be delivered in partnership with Pembrokeshire FRAME.
Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) – Treherbert reuse shop proposal
Total - £120,000
The funding will allow RCT to open a second community re-use facility in Treherbert, at the northern side of the county borough, to improve re-use and recycling performance across RCT. A successful re-use facility, The Shed Recycling Shop in Llantrisant, already serves the south of the borough. Since opening in June 2017, a growing volume of items has been removed from the waste stream and sold on for re-use, e.g. 70.96 tonnes of materials between April and August 2018, generating circa £50,000 in income. The Llantrisant facility, operated by social enterprise Waste Savers, is financially self-sustaining, employing 2-3 people and a team of volunteers.
Conwy – New ‘Green Shed’ in Colwyn Bay
Total - £1,020,000
A new regional ‘Green Shed’, delivered by the Crest Co-operative, aims to reduce waste by repairing, refurbishing and recycling materials. The Green Shed acts as a community development hub for local enterprises and services and will provide education, training and employment opportunities for people who may be socially excluded. Crest Co-operative is the official contractor for the collection, recycling and preparation for reuse of textiles and small electrical items in Conwy. Crest collects unwanted items at the kerbside from 55,000 homes across the Conwy Council area.
Newport – Improving reuse and recycling infrastructure
Total - £1,175,000
Wastesavers, which provides recycling services in Newport, has already established a successful reuse shop on the outskirts of Newport. The additional funding will allow the refurbishment of a building in Maindee to improve reuse infrastructure for Newport. The investment also includes a new materials baler and new recycling collection vehicles.
Denbighshire – Improving waste and recycling services
Total - £900,000
The funding will support improvements to Waste Collection in Denbighshire and help the county conform to the Collections Blueprint, the Welsh Government’s recommended model for the collection of waste from households, by 2020. The investment also includes additional recycling vehicles.
Blaenau Gwent – Improving waste and recycling services
Total - £541,000
The funding will increase its overall recycling and composting rates in Blaenau Gwent. The local authority plans to enforce a ‘no side waste’ policy, so only waste presented at the kerbside in a wheelie bin will be collected. New recycling vehicles and receptacles will facilitate the collection of additional materials, as well as a new trade waste recycling service.
Monmouthshire – Improving waste and recycling services
Total - £646,375
Capital funding will be used to commence works at Five Lanes Transfer Station to bulk separately collected materials. Monmouthshire is in the process of moving aligning with the Welsh Government’s Collections Blueprint.
Merthyr Tydfil – Improving waste and recycling services
Total - £490,000
Merthyr Tydfil CBC will build upon improvements to its collection service. The funding will be used to improve the management of materials, to prepare them for marketing and to improve reuse facilities within the county. The investment will include a new direct feed line to a baler/shredder for card and improvements to reuse facilities.