Planning permission has been granted for a £12 million anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster, which is part of wider development plans from the PDM Group. Following the news that its 45,000 tonne a year capacity AD plant could go ahead, PDM said it planned to make further substantial investment in biomass-to-energy technologies over the next three years.
PDM chief executive Andrew Smith said obtaining planning permission will bolster our own recycling portfolio and also support the UKs aim to generate more renewable energy from biomass.
Anaerobic digestion plays an important part in the suite of technologies that can be used to handle food waste in a safe, secure and sustainable manner, he said.
As more and more retailers, caterers and businesses see the potential in recycling food rather than sending it to landfill, developing the UKs capacity for turning food waste to energy is a must.
Domestic and commercial food waste (from Sainsburys and caterer Baxter Storey) will be processed at the plant, which includes a combined heat and power system. Up to 2MW an hour of electricity will be generated.
Construction is due to start soon and the company said it hopes to have the site operational by the end of 2009.