ReFood UK has won planning permission for an anaerobic digestion plant for food waste at Dagenham.
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham gave permission for the £30m plant at a site on the London Sustainable Industries Park.
This will take some 160,000 tonnes of food waste a year and create enough low carbon biogas to supply around 10,000 homes, and also manufacture liquid fertiliser. Up to 60 new jobs will be created and some will be filled by employees relocating.
ReFood commercial director Philip Simpson said: “There is clearly a desire within retail, the hospitality sector and householders to both prevent food waste and also deal with it more responsibly where it does arise.”
The company opened its first anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster in 2011 and expects to open a second site at Widnes next year.