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Residual waste treatment programme

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Residual waste is the waste left after all the materials that can be recycled and composted have been removed.

We provide support for local authorities in Wales who intend to start treating residual waste.

Why treat residual waste?

We committed in the "One Wales Delivery Plan" to:

  • sustainable development
  • tackle climate change
  • achieve sustainable energy production and consumption.

Treating residual waste can produce much needed energy and divert waste from landfill. This treatment or ‘Recovery’ takes place after the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials.

We developed this programme of investment to help local authorities start treating residual waste.

How will the residual waste be treated?

We consider that the Energy from Waste (EfW) with combined heat and power (CHP) technology has the greatest potential to make a positive impact on climate change than other residual waste treatment technologies.

EfW with CHP can help tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating renewable energy.

How will residual waste treatment capacity be procured?

We have a revenue funding package currently available through the Sustainable Waste Management Grant (SWMG).

The Regional Capital Access Fund (RCAF) also provides support for waste management infrastructure procurement to local authorities.  

Currently, local authorities in Wales are in working together in groups to procure residual waste treatment.

The map below outlines the procurement set up as of July 2013.