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Stronger Together: How partnerships are powering Cardiff

13th July 2016

As renditions of ‘Don’t take me home…’ echoed from the Wales fans in Lyon, despite the result, we can reflect back on a fantastic European Championships in France this summer. Wales have defied the bookmakers, topping their group as winners and easing past one of the most highly ranked teams in Belgium to book their place in the semi-finals. The team has been lauded for its spirit and togetherness, the leadership of Chris Coleman and the brilliance of a certain Gareth Bale.

What a performance! That spirit and collective partnership towards a common goal, has seen a team consisting of largely Championship players achieve great things in the competition. The theme of partnerships does not only apply to the players taking to the field over the last few weeks. There are of course strong partnerships across all sectors in Wales, making it such a special place. Looking closer to home, two partnerships have been formed by local authorities from across Cardiff and South Wales to sustainably maximise the potential from the waste of households and businesses. By aggregating their tonnages (annually disposing of around 250,000 tonnes), Viridor has worked with the councils to deliver the cutting-edge Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility, capable of transforming this unwanted residual waste into renewable energy, enough to power over 50,000 homes!

The Prosiect Gwyrdd (Project Green) partnership has seen the councils of Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan come together and this was recently joined by the Tomorrow’s Valley contract representing Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Torfaen. By aggregating their tonnages the councils are able to benefit from leading-edge infrastructure, with efficiencies economically and financially being realised. As the UK looks to divert material away from landfill sites, this is a perfect opportunity to deliver world-class facilities for Wales.

Viridor opened the £223m Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility in 2014, a stone’s throw from the centre of Cardiff, and from the beginning of April waste from the nine authorities has been delivered and energy has been recovered to generate vital electricity. With Wales having one of the highest recycling rates in the UK standing at over 58%, the ERF at Trident Park forms one part of the resource management network, with the potential of these partnerships to now attract and retain further investment to develop next-generation recycling infrastructure within Wales and boost this rate further.

As we look back on the performances and the team spirit between Hal Robson-Kanu, Ashley Williams and Sam Vokes, we in our sector give a nod to the leadership shown by the two partnerships, delivering vital recycling and recovery for their communities, contributing to greater sustainability.

Chris Jonas

Director of Business Development

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