Anaerobic digestion plants now account for 30% of all approved planning consents for waste facilities.
Increasing from fewer than 25% of all approvals in 2013, anaerobic plants have become the largest sector for newly approved facilities.
According to BDS Marketing, 60% of applications in 2014 were successful although 10% were delayed for over a year before consent was granted (see pie chart above for planning consents granted in 2014).
The facilities varied from plants processing over 100,000 tonnes a year to smaller ones tailored to farm use with an annual processing capacity of less than 10,000 tonnes.
Research from BDS found that 650 planning applications and consents relating to waste management facilities were submitted last year.
Julian Clapp, principal consultant at BDS, said: “We have also seen an increase in the number of recycled aggregates schemes coming forward, including those treating incinerator bottom ash”.