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Advanced anaerobic digestion facility proposed for South Devon

Engineering company AeroThermal Group and 4Recycling have joined forces to propose an advanced anaerobic digestion facility (AAD) in South Devon.

The partnership AAD (South West) plans to build an AAD, which incorporates an autoclave and AD plant. This would ensure the facility would be able to separate out materials for recycling via the autoclave, with the remaining organic waste sent to the AD plant, producing energy and a soil conditioner.

AAD (South West) has submitted a scoping report to Devon County Council to build the facility on the site of Imerys Minerals at Lee Moor, South Devon. It is one of the earliest stages of the planning process and the local authority will provide their scoping opinion on the proposal at a later date.

AeroThermal Group commercial director Tristan Lloyd-Baker said: “Our £9 million investment will create 22 long-term, skilled jobs for local people. In addition the facility will divert up to 75,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year thereby avoiding harmful methane emissions and providing a facility to enable local businesses to maximise landfill diversion.”

If planning permission were to be awarded in future, AeroThermal Group would construct the facility and 4Recycling would operate it.

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