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New Welsh facility will recycle plasterboard and gypsum

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Cuddy Recycling Ltd, a start-up firm supported by the Welsh government, is establishing a wood, plasterboard and gypsum recycling centre in South Wales. The centre, which represents an investment on £1.2 million, will be the first of its kind in the area and will create 22 jobs.

The facility will process and recycle demolition aggregates from construction and demolition projects in Wales, in addition to waste timber and plasterboard, which will be sourced from the construction sector and civil amenity sites. The aggregates will be sorted for reuse within the construction industry and waste timber will be used for biomass fuel, panel board manufacture and animal bedding. The plasterboard will be reused in plasterboard manufacture where possible and the gypsum will be recycled as a soil conditioner for application in the agricultural industry. It may also be used as a cement additive.

The new centre will receive £228 000 from the Welsh Economic Growth Fund. Subject to planning, the facility will be built at the former Wern Works site in Briton Ferry following partial demolition and redevelopment work.

Cuddy Recycling Ltd was founded by Mike and John Cuddy, both directors of the Cuddy Group.

“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,” said Mike Cuddy, Cuddy Recycling. “We are keen to introduce some very green sustainable recycling initiatives and provide a first class services 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.”

“This project supports two of our key economic sectors – providing a specific service for the construction sector while the new business will operate in the energy and environment industry – one of the fastest growing sectors in the Welsh economy with waste management - the largest sub sector,” explained Wales’ Economy Minister, Edwina Hart.

“Companies working in this area are not only making a significant contribution in terms of job creation and financial impact but by reducing waste to landfill they are helping us achieve recycling targets and ensure we are creating a sustainable environment for future generations. The proposed new centre will provide an important facility to deal with construction and demolition waste and I am pleased to support this new start-up through the Economic Growth Fund,” added Hart.

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