Severn Trent Water is investing £13 million in a facility that will convert household food waste into energy.
The anaerobic digestion (AD) plant will be located in Coleshill, Warwickshire and is expected to treat up to 50,000 tonnes of food waste by the end of the year. The electricity generated will be used to power the water firm’s sites while the rest will be sold to the grid.
Around 750 kilo tonnes of food waste is currently sent to landfill every year in the region, according to Severn Trent Water.
Mike Surrey, who’s overseeing the project said: “Generating energy this way is not only great for our customers’ pockets, it’s also a great way of keeping down carbon emissions.”
He added the water firm is currently looking into where to install the next two AD facilities. Each of Severn Trent’s plants is expected to generate around 2% of its energy needs.
The Coleshill facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.