Did You Know?
The average person in the UK produces about a three quarters of a tonne of rubbish every year!
Enviroparks Hirwaun will:
· use up to 240,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year from within the region
· accept non hazardous black bag, commercial, industrial and supermarket waste – 90% from South Wales
· produce enough electricity for up to 40,000 homes
· divert 90% of waste from landfill
· aims to create up to 200 permanent jobs, many of them highly skilled (this will double during the construction stage)
· hit Welsh Government recycling targets
· offer a viable alternative to incineration
In addition to the clear environmental benefits brought by Enviroparks Hirwaun in terms of diverting waste from landfill to produce clean energy, there are also significant economic benefits for a South Wales Valleys region which has been designated an Objective 1 Area by the EU, and whose GDP figure is only 75% of the UK average.
The scheme puts Wales in the forefront of environmental technology and will create up to 200 jobs while the site is being developed, and the same number of full time jobs on completion in early 2014. Inward investment into the region is expected to reach as much as £170m.
We are now lining up major high energy users to set up on the park, attracted by savings of as much of 20% on their energy bills. It is hoped this production of subsidised electricity will act as a catalyst for the further regeneration of Hirwaun Industrial Estate.
Local people in the communities of Rhigos, Hirwaun and Penderyn will also be benefitting from a fund that Enviroparks will pay into over the next ten years to improve energy efficiency in the area through insulation and double glazing, and to enhance biodiversity in the natural environment. This fund will be administered by the independent Community Interest Company.
As a Welsh company we are proud that Wales is leading the way in the waste to energy sector, and that the region and country will derive significant benefits in the long term.