Doncaster anaerobic digestion plant doubling in size

A power plant which generates electricity from food scraps is doubling in size with a £6 million revamp. Food waste recycling firm PDM says building at the plant should begin […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A power plant which generates electricity from food scraps is doubling in size with a £6 million revamp.

Food waste recycling firm PDM says building at the plant should begin in January 2014.

After the work, the anaerobic digestion plant will take 160,000 tonnes of food waste from supermarkets and restaurants otherwise destined for landfill.

It will generate electricity through combined heat and power (CHP) and have a total capacity of 5MWh which will be fed into the national grid.

A by-product of liquid fertiliser will go to local farmers to grow new crops.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood which is part of PDM described food waste as a “valuable asset”.

He said: “We are delighted to have received planning consent for this plant. The increased capacity gained will help us to ensure that more food waste can be transformed into renewable energy and valuable nutrients to go back onto the land.”

ReFood collects waste from hotels such as The Savoy, the Doncaster Racecourse & Yorkshire Wildlife Park, supermarkets Lidl and Iceland and public sector organisations such as prisons, schools and the NHS.