A 10,000 tonne in-vessel composting (IVC) plant worth more than £1 million has been completed at Cumberlow Compost Services site in Rushden, Hertfordshire.
Sited at Cumberlows Farm, the facility will process organic waste from across North Hertfordshire under a 15 year council contract.
Cumberlow director James Hodge explained: [The IVC] is a brand new system, which was built for the North Hertfordshire Council contract."
"The council had decided it wanted to start collecting kitchen and food waste, so we had to tender for it. We had already been processing the councils green waste but to continue to this we needed a system that would deal with food waste as well.
The company uses a system called the New Era IVC system, which was designed by The Composting Company. Commingled organic waste will be processed in four 220 tonne capacity drive-through vessels at the Rushden site. Another feature of the vessels is their vertically lifting and sealing roof and aeration systems.
Hodge said: We looked at other systems, but The Composting Companys was the most cost effective and because it had already been tried and tested at West London Composting we were confident it would pass all the vets requirements [to pass the Animal By Products Regulations].
We will be at capacity with the North Herts contract but we would consider further expansion in the future.
Operations started at the beginning of June.