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£26m to turn waste into bio-gas in Wales

Local authorities in Wales will get £26 million of new funding to help them develop anaerobic digestion plants, the Welsh Assembly GovernmentEnvironment Minister Jane Davidson has said.

Making the announcement at the Wales Waste National conference (12 February) Ms Davidson said: The technology of AD will play a key part in how Wales deals with its waste and will also provide a new source of renewable energy. We cannot continue to throw waste such as food into the ground, simply to leave it rot and generate harmful greenhouse gases. Instead we can use this waste to generate renewable electricity and create fertiliser that can be used on our land.

The investment for local authorities will help Wales to meet its EU targets, Davidson added.

She said: We consider it feasible to separately collect some 600,000 tonnes of food waste each year from houses and businesses in Wales. Digesting this quantity of food waste in a network of AD would generate around one per cent of Wales electricity needs. It will also help to generate investment opportunities and green jobs in Wales.

The £26m of funding has been provided by the Strategic Capital Investment Fund (SCIF), established by the Welsh Assembly to support local government projects.

Image: WAG Environment Minister Jane Davidson

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