Prosiect Gwyrdd, a joint initiative between five south Wales councils that looking at energy from municipal waste, will receive extra government funding of up to GBP7.8 million ($16 million) in a full year of operation, depending on the final costs of the waste to energy plant to be built by the company. The plant will be a next generation recycling plant in South East Wales generating electricity from five boroughs, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouth, Vale of Glamorgan and Caerphilly.

‘We must recycle or compost as much waste as possible and maximize the benefits of the renewable energy that can be produced from source separated food waste and treatment of residual waste. We will be working with local authority consortia across Wales to develop similar facilities in other areas to deal with residual waste and these important projects will also attract a similar level of support,” said Welsh Environment, Sustainability & Housing Minister Jane Davidson.

Davidson further noted that the European targets for waste meat a new approach. He continued “By 2010, no more than 75% of the amount of biodegradable municipal waste produced in 1995 can be land filled. By 2013 only 50% can be land filled.”