Cuddy Recycling is investing £1.2m to create the first wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. Subject to planning, its new facility will be on the former Wern Works site in Briton Ferry.
The new centre will process and recycle demolition aggregate from construction and demolition projects across Wales, as well as waste timber and plasterboard sourced from the construction industry and civil amenity sites.
It aims to provide a green alternative to landfill with waste timber used for animal bedding, panel board manufacture and Biomass fuel, with the option of introducing a garden mulch product at a later date.
Aggregates will be sorted for reuse in construction companies. Plasterboard will, where possible, be taken back to plasterboard manufacture, or the Gypsum recycled as a soil conditioner for agricultural use. There is also potential for use as a cement additive.
The brothers are backed by £228,000 from the Welsh Economic Growth Fund.
Mike Cuddy said: “We are making a considerable investment in this new facility and grateful for the support of the Welsh Government. There is a real market need in Wales for a facility capable of recycling construction/demolition and earthworks waste as currently some waste products have to be taken to the Midlands for disposal.
“We are keen to introduce some very green sustainable recycling initiatives and provide a first-class service for companies in Wales and parts of England. We are currently working with Natural Resources Wales to attain all the necessary environmental permits to operate a licensed waste management facility with a view to commence work in spring 2015.”