Cardiff City Council is to form a joint venture partnership with Associated Energy Projects, a subsidiary of Compagnie Generale des Eaux, to devise and operate a plastics waste recycling unit, an anaerobic digestion plant and a new civic amenity site. The units will deal with some 70,000 tonnes of waste each year, and generate electricity for some 3,600 households. Residues from the processes will go to an existing on-site landfill. AEP will take on all costs for the project, which are undisclosed, and recoup its investment by charging the council a gate fee for use of the facilities. Contract details are now being drawn up and planning applications being filed.