ReFood, owned by Saria, has opened what is said to be the UK’s largest gas-to-grid plant of its kind and the second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for the company.
The Widnes plant will recycle 120,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic food waste and liquids, and generate up to 180 million KWh of biomethane a year. This will be transported directly to the national grid. Andy Smith, chief executive of Saria, said: “I’m delighted to add ReFood Widnes to our portfolio of food waste recycling technologies. It will operate as a showcase for both the ReFood brand and the AD industry in the UK and Europe as a whole.
“Food waste offers such important potential as a resource, that we must maximise this through the use of innovative technologies.”
ReFood Widnes serves businesses and councils in a 50-mile radius. Collections are made using a sanitised bin swap service, so that clean bins can be sited in kitchens and waste is separated at source.