Recycling minister Lord Henley today (14 April) opened a £10m anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Driffield, near Hull.
Around 50,000 tonnes of food waste from supermarkets and food manufacturers will be processed at the facility, which is operated by GWE Biogas. It will generate enough electricity for over 3,200 homes.
The project has received £2.4m from WRAP as part of its AD demonstration programme. A further £750,000 was provided by business development programme CO2Sense Yorkshire.
GWE Biogas managing director Tom Megginson said: “Even the heat that is produced by the generators is re-used to heat the food waste as part of the pasteurisation process. Plus, the digestate that is left over once the waste has been digested is used as a rich biofertiliser on our farm.”
An advanced de-packaging machine to separate food from its packaging is installed at the plant. It allows it to process waste food that other AD plants are unable to use. The recovered packaging is then recycled or converted into a combustible fuel for energy recovery at an approved site.