Waste management company FCC Environment has harvested its first biomass crops grown on restored landfill and quarry sites.
The crop, a fast-growing miscanthus grass, will be sent to Drax power station to be used as a fuel to generate low carbon electricity.
The two 30-hectare sites in Darrington, West Yorkshire and Calverton, Nottinghamshire are expected to yield up to 300 tonnes of carbon neutral biomass fuel annually once the crop is established.
Miscanthus grass is one of the preferred crops for biomass use on restored sites because its deep roots give structure to the soil by adding biodegradable matter and aerating it.
Mark Pailing, senior restoration and energy crops manager at FCC Environment, said: “We aim to have more sites in production in the coming months and years as we continue to move towards a resource-focused solution to managing the waste we all generate.”
Other crops grown on FCC Environment’s sites include short rotation willow coppice and maize. There are also plans to use treated landfill leachate in a controlled irrigation system to water the crops.