project aims to achieve local success in two fields.
The first is in finding innovative
ways of tackling the commercial waste of the county
not covered by local authorities or national recycling
targets. Here there is immense opportunity to deliver
new routes to recycling, new products and new market
places, all of which stimulate local employment whilst
limiting impact on the environment.
The second is through innovative waste
management. There is scope for technical development
and for communities to become involved in waste minimisation
- something not dealt with by other schemes.
The result, it is hoped, is a two
pronged programme of work, ideas, products, approaches
and markets that complement the work being undertaken
- To deliver waste minimisation throughout
- To explore new technologies, products
and markets that assist recycling in the community;
- To develop new ways of identifying
commercial waste market forces and deliver local solutions
for local waste;
- Develop the potential for the creation
of local employment.
There are several projects being carried
out within this sub-project. They include:
Waste Audit of the Dyfi
Valley - ecodyfi
Ecodyfi are working with
domestic and business sectors in the Dyfi Valley to
undertake a complete waste audit. They will devise an
audit system that meets the needs of Powys-based communities.
The project will enable ecodyfi
to understand the market infrastructure for waste in
the Dyfi Valley by:
- Mapping flows of waste materials,
assessing qualities and quantities of waste produced,
where waste is transferred to and at what price;
- Identifying materials that may
be processed and/or marketed locally;
- Identifying new opportunities for
collection and sale of recyclate;
- Identifying barriers to increased
usage of present waste management/recycling systems.
Powys Micro AD - Ethical
EIS seeks to build a micro-Anaerobic
Digestion unit in order to prove the principle that
this technology can be adapted and made smaller to make
it viable for cooler climate countries and rural areas
such as Powys.
If Anaerobic Digestion can be made
smaller and, as a result, provide an acceptable local
solution to local waste, then bio-waste becomes a commodity
with a value rather than a drain and a liability.
Kerbside Recycling - Ethical
EIS are undertaking an
independent research project to look in to examples
of innovation and good practice in rural kerbside and
other collection of recyclables across the UK.
The aim is to produce a practical
document that can be used by Powys recycling organisations
to inform planning and development of existing and prospective
services and to reduce unnecessary duplication of research
They are researching:
- Collection vehicles;
- Handling and sorting of collected
- Health and safety implications;
- Legal restrictions;
- Final processing options.
Small Scale Pellet Production
- Coed Cymru
The project involves
a technical and market test of small-scale pellet technology
on a scale suitable for commercial uptake.
Waste sawdust from a number of timber
manufacturers will be made in to pellets on the pellet
mill at Coed Cymru. Market research will be conducted
in the local area. It has been shown that there is a
shortage in the supply of locally produced pellets and
an increase in the uptake of pellet stove installations.
This project aims to make the link between the pellet
manufacturing technology available at Coed Cymru and
establishing a reliable local supply of wood pellets