News ReleaseCreative recycling drive at new converter station site• Recycling workshop held on World Environment Day • Creative uses sought for waste timber from the Western Link project• Drive could help create jobs and new productsThe Western Link project celebrated World Environment Day with a creative recycling workshop held at the site of the new Flintshire Bridge converter station being constructed on Deeside Industrial Park near Connah’s Quay.
The Western Link project is a joint venture between National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission to bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses. The project team is seeking to reuse and recycle as many of the waste materials created by construction work as possible.
During the workshop, Mark Wood of Wrexham based Marlin Industries showed how they recycle and reuse wooden cable drums used by the utilities industry. They also turn the drums and waste timber into wood chippings, animal bedding, boiler fuel and surfaces for childrens’ playgrounds.
Peter Clothier from Emerge Recycling in Manchester spoke about the National Community Wood Recycling Scheme which aims to develop partnerships with construction sites to remove waste wood by truck to help save on skip hire costs. This is then used to give disadvantaged people, volunteers and students materials to develop skills in carpentry.
Mark Williams, Senior Project Manager, Converters said: “We are building two new converter stations and laying over 420km of high voltage cable as part of this project. It is vital that we consider the sustainability of the work we are doing and that we seek to reuse and recycle waste materials wherever possible. We have a dedicated Sustainability Steering Group looking for opportunities along with our contractors and sub-contractors and we hope that our efforts can both create local employment and upcycle timber and other waste materials into marketable products.”
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