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New UK wood waste contract will power homes and reduce emissions

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A Dorset-based company has agreed to a major contract to supply wood waste to a plant in South Wales.

Under the new contract, Eco Sustainable Solutions will supply Margam Green waste wood plant with up to 50,000 tonnes of waste wood per year over five years. Margam Green is a 250,000 tonnes-per-year capacity plant owned by Glennmont Partners, which acquired the site from Eco2 in 2015.

The plant started operations this summer, taking in Grade-C waste wood sourced from local authorities, civic amenity sites and commercial and industrial sources. In a statement reported by LetsRecycle, Peter Dickson, a partner at Glennmont, said: “We are very pleased to see Margam fired up and generating renewable energy for homes and businesses in South Wales. Margam is a long-term investment in Wales’ energy infrastructure.”

Stobart Energy will supply the remaining 200,000 tonnes of feedstock for Margam Green. Eco Sustainable Solutions will be sending an average of 10 truck-loads of waste wood to the facility every day. The wood is sourced from household recycling centres in Dorset and Hampshire which had previously been sent to Sweden for processing.

Peter Hardy, Eco Sustainable Solutions’ commercial director, said: “This is big contract for us but also has the added benefit of adding to our green credentials.

“Previously the wood was taken to Southampton and then shipped to Sweden for use in their power plants. The wood now stays in this country and is used to power UK homes.

“We can expect our carbon footprint to be reduced even further as a result of providing wood to Margam Green rather than going by ship to Sweden.”