Fife Council to save £1.2m from waste-to-energy initiative

A council in the Scottish Lowlands expects to save around £1.2 million by turning its food and garden waste into energy. Fife Council has chosen ENER-G to supply a high […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

A council in the Scottish Lowlands expects to save around £1.2 million by turning its food and garden waste into energy.

Fife Council has chosen ENER-G to supply a high efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) system for its new anaerobic digestion facility (pictured) at its Lochhead landfill site in Dunfermline.

The plant, which is expected to start power generation later this year, will convert methane produced from 40,000 tonnes of waste into up to 1.4MWW of renewable electricity and heat.

The facility could achieve carbon savings in excess of 7,200 tonnes every year – equivalent to removing 2,400 cars from the road. The project is also expected to improve the council’s recycling rate, which was 55.5% in 2012 for household and commercial waste.