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Biocycle celebrates first birthday

Biocycles anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has celebrated a year of successful operation. The facility was one of the first to operate under the New Technologies Demonstrator Programme (NTDP) run by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Formed through a partnership between South Shropshire District Council, Advantage West Midlands and Greenfinch, the plant is showing how effective and coordinated collection and treatment of predominantly kitchen waste, can generate renewable energy, biofertiliser and divert biodegradable waste away from landfill in line with Government targets.

Speaking at the event, held in the plants visitor centre, Waste & Resources Action Programme director of retail and organics Richard Swannell updated the audience on the new digestate protocol PAS 110, due to be published in Autumn 2008.

Similar events will be held in the future at Biocycle, and the other demonstrator plants as they become operational. The next Open Day will take place at the Envar in-vessel composting facility in Cambridgeshire on Friday April 11. 

For further information on the programme, to book a visit or Open Day to a Demonstrator plant or to receive regular updates on the Programme please contact

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