Bio Group, a specialist organic waste business has announced that it is going to develop the UKs first hybrid anaerobic digestion/in-vessel composting (AD/IVC) facility at Helmdon, Northamptonshire. It has obtained planning permission from Northamptonshire County Council to build the site and construction is already under way. It is due to be completed at the end of January 2008. The Group hope that the new facility will transform the basis for waste treatment in the UK, enabling both local authority household waste and commercial waste streams to be diverted from landfill. The urgent demand from local authorities for additional resources to handle waste has been a major driving force behind the new facility. Renewable electricity will be generated by the new facility as well as compost for agricultural use, through the combination of AD and IVC in one operation. Commenting on the new facility Bio Group chief executive Steve Sharratt said: It shows the real importance of finding more efficient and environmentally friendly ways to deal with the increasing demands of waste. Finding a viable alternative to landfill sites is crucial in the battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight against climate change. We look forward to working with our local community partners in the development of this exciting new project. It is hoped by the Group that the facility based at Helmdon will help solve local waste problems and provide capacity for the recycling of organic waste from areas including Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes.