|PSEEG members outside the sorting depot at Withyhedges|
Waste Not Want Not
Following their September visit to the Withyhedges Recycling Centre, members of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were delighted to welcome Hywel Gibbs, Pembrokeshire County Council Waste Awareness Officer to their January meeting.
Even though the Withyhedges visit had highlighted the wide ranging benefits of recycling, members were nonetheless amazed to hear that plastic bottles could be turned into fleece jackets and nappies into roof tiles. And the amount of waste was staggering. The total weight collected each year by PCC was the equivalent to a herd of 35,000 very large bison!
Not only did it make sense in terms of sustainable living but also financially. Every ton of refuse that goes to landfill costs the County, that's you and me, £90. This figure, a combination of costs and tax, amounts to over £3.5 million per year.
Members learned that landfill sites were no longer simply holes in the ground but were constructed to strict criteria to avoid environmental damage and the methane produced in the site is even used for generating electricity.
But our lifestyles are changing. More and more we are living in a throwaway society. Cheap clothes, food waste, excessive packaging – all contribute to this mindset. Ways of reducing landfill had to be found. Part of the answer was found in providing residents with compost bins. This has reduced landfill by 3,000 tons per year.
Three Waste Advisors have been appointed by the Council to provide guidance to homeowners who find difficulty in following the County's guidelines. Strict targets are set by the Welsh Government to ensure national compliance recycling policy.
The orange bag scheme has been a great success, with a total of 8,400 tons of recyclable material collected each year. There is a good market value for bulk supply of most of the items collected.
Food waste is used for energy generation, with the Pembrokeshire waste going to a large anaerobic digester near Oxford. A byproduct is agricultural fertilizer.
It was good to hear that Pembrokeshire was in the forefront of this recycling revolution. And the County is always striving to make the collection service more efficient and cost effective. Collection routes have been re-organised and waste transfer depots set up to this end.
The Chair thanked Hywel for his highly informative presentation. It was good to hear that sustainability was alive and well at Pembrokeshire County Council.
|30th November 2012||Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array|
|26th October 2012||The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy|
|28th September 2012||A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project|
|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
|29th June 2012||The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth|
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|