In 2014, Wheelabrator Technologies was selected as preferred bidder to build and operate the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility over the next 25 years as a public-private partnership (PPP), with support from the Welsh Government to serve the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP). These authorities are Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will treat post-recycled waste to create energy and recyclables. It will also deliver jobs and a range of economic benefits for the area. Post-recycled waste fuel for the facility will be provided primarily by the five authorities, which initiated the procurement to achieve long-term targets for recycling and diversion of waste from landfill. A further long-term contract is in place with a top tier waste management company, ensuring that over 70 percent of the facility’s fuel supply is hedged at fixed prices. The remaining capacity at the facility will be offered to commercial waste collection companies.

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will help the five local authorities meet the Welsh Government’s 2025 municipal waste and recycling targets, that is: to recycle 70 percent and send no more than five percent to landfill. Metals and aggregate are recovered from the facility’s bottom ash and will improve the Partnership’s recycling rates by around seven percent. Throughout the life of the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer facility, this could amount to over a million tonnes of aggregate and 60,000 tonnes of metals.

Quick Facts

  • Hundreds of jobs created during the construction phase
  • An estimated 35 new full-time jobs created when operational
  • Clean, sustainable energy generated for more than 30,000 homes (or enough power for a town nearly four times the size of Connah's Quay)
  • Funding for local communities totalling £230,000 a year
  • Multiple supply chain opportunities for local businesses.