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Waste Not Want Not

25th January 2013

PSEEG members outside the sorting depot at the Withyhedges Landfill and Recycling Centre

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.


Past Articles
30th November 2012Array of Hope: A talk by Paul Carter & Kim Daye from RWE Renewables on The Atlantic Array
26th October 2012The Green Deal: A talk by William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy
28th September 2012A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project
14th September 2012Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre
29th June 2012The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth
1st June 2012Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader
11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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