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Parc Adfer operator works with local school to teach pupils about the importance of waste and recycling

DEESIDE, WALES – 2 October 2019 – Pupils from Ysgol Croes Atti in Connah’s Quay joined the Wheelabrator Technologies team recently for a litter pick and clean up along the banks of the River Dee.

Wheelabrator Technologies, the operator of the Wheelabrator Parc Adfer energy-from-waste facility – held the litter pick at Quay River Tours to teach the children about the importance of the waste hierarchy – from reuse to recycling and energy recovery - and how different types of waste are treated across Wales and the UK. As part of the day, the class also got to meet Mike Taylor, senior coastal ranger from Flintshire County Council, who talked to them about looking after their local coastline.

Rachel Smith, years three and four teacher at Ysgol Croes Atti, said: “The children were thrilled to have been able to take part. Looking after our environment and the reasons why we have a waste hierarchy are important topics, and ones that really engage younger people. Putting our teaching into practice and learning about the work Wheelabrator and councils do to keep our environment tidy was incredibly valuable and we hope to be able to do it again soon.”

Apo Sarandidis, Senior Project Manager at Wheelabrator, said: “We had a great day working with the children and teaching staff at Ysgol Croes Atti about the importance of good environmental stewardship and how companies like Wheelabrator and their local authority are working together to tackle issues around sustainable waste management and energy recovery.”

“We’re pleased everyone enjoyed the day and a special thanks also goes to Mike Taylor, who does a fantastic job managing the beautiful Flintshire coastline in order for us all to enjoy it.”

Wheelabrator Parc Adfer is a combined heat and power enabled facility which will generate 19 MW (gross) / 17 MW (net) of sustainable electricity to meet the needs of over 30,000 UK homes and businesses while diverting waste by landfill. The facility is capable of providing valuable steam or heat to local industry and housing.

Wheelabrator was selected to build and operate the 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) - Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Residual waste fuel for the facility is being provided primarily by the five authorities, which initiated the procurement to achieve long-term targets for recycling and diversion of waste from landfill. The remaining capacity at the facility is being provided to commercial waste collection companies.

About Wheelabrator:

Wheelabrator Technologies is the fourth largest UK energy-from-waste business, and is an industry leader in the conversion of everyday residential and business waste into renewable energy. Wheelabrator currently has a platform of four (three under construction) strategically located assets across the UK. Wheelabrator has been developing, building, owning and operating energy-from-waste facilities for over 45 years. Wheelabrator also recover metals for recycling into commercial products and recycling of bottom ash for re-use as construction aggregates. Wheelabrator UK currently has an annual waste processing capacity of over 2.1 million tonnes (2.3 million tons), and a total combined electric generating capacity of 245 megawatts—enough energy to power more than 500,000 UK homes. The company’s vision To develop, deliver and realise the potential of clean energy speaks to Wheelabrator’s ongoing commitment to the development of clean and renewable energy solutions for its customers and local communities. Wheelabrator remain committed to investing and building new long-term energy-from-waste facilities that divert residential and business waste from landfill and produce renewable baseload energy. Wheelabrator is owned by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, a business within the Macquarie Asset Management division of Macquarie Group and a global alternative asset manager focused on real estate, infrastructure, agriculture and energy assets. For more on Wheelabrator, please visit

Notes to editor:

  • For more information about Wheelabrator Technologies in the UK, please contact UK Communications and Engagement Manager Rochelle D’Cruz on 020 3651 1569 / or for US enquiries, please contact Michelle Nadeau at