The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project is a partnership of:
- Flintshire County Council
- Isle of Anglesey County Council
- Gwynedd County Council
- Conwy County Borough Council
- Denbighshire County Council
The Partnership was set up to jointly manage residual (left over) waste generated in the five local authorities. Residual waste is the waste which is left over after recycling and composting as much as possible. Until now, this left over waste has been sent to landfill. The North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project has started a procurement process to let a contract for managing this residual waste using an approach other than landfill.
As Wales becomes the first country in the UK to set legally binding recycling targets, the service will not be a replacement for recycling. Every council in the Partnership is committed to increasing their recycling levels to reach the Welsh Government’s target of 70 percent by 2025. The Welsh Government has also set challenging targets for the amount of waste that Welsh Council’s can landfill in future, with only 5 percent of waste allowed to be taken to landfill after 2025. Even after increasing recycling rates, there still remains some waste to treat in order to meet these targets. The UK government has stated its intention to continue to increase year on year taxes on every tonne of waste that goes to landfill, increasing the costs that every local authority in Wales must pay. No matter how small the amount of waste that needs to be treated, the solution still represents a significant avoidance of costs when compared to landfill and is also an exciting opportunity for managing resources in a more environmentally sustainable way.