I understand that waste is being transported up to 2 hours away. Is this correct as surely costs would be high relating to this and the environmental impact unfriendly regarding diesel fumes, etc.
An assessment of the waste arising within the Development catchment has been undertaken. The catchment area initially considered was generally defined as a 2-hour drive from the Development Site. However, given the rural nature of large parts of Powys, and west and south west Wales, it was considered that waste arising from these areas would in fact travel far further than a simple 2-hour drive time. Consequently, in addition to Powys, the catchment area considered included Welsh counties to the north (Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham), and south west (Ceredigion).
Given the Development’s close proximity to the English Border, the 2-hour catchment area also included English Counties such as Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and other West Midlands Counties.
On the basis of the findings within the Market Report, it is envisaged that around 44% of waste will be generated within Wales and therefore around 56% will be generated within English Authorities.
The Buttington ERF would look to secure waste firstly for Wales, with any additional requirement for waste coming from England.
The emissions from the transportation of waste have also been assessed and concluded that there is no significant change in levels of nitrogen dioxide (please see Technical Appendix 6-2 for full details).