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News round-up 16/12

Animal by-products approval; Levenseat plant on track; charitable First Mile; Defra desk count

Farm gets animal by-products approval

Lodge Farm Biogas Limited in North Wales has become the first on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) facility to be granted animal by-products (ABP) approval by Defra.

Home to Fre-energy’s first AD plant, Lodge Farm, on the outskirts of Wrexham, was also the first farm in the UK to receive payment under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive financial support programme.

ABP approval allows the plant to receive and process Category 3 and permitted Category 2 animal by-products for which Lodge Farm Biogas is now in the final stages of agreeing supply contracts with food manufacturing companies primarily located on a nearby industrial estate. The addition of ABP feedstocks will increase the energy output of the plant and enhance the nutrient content of the solid and liquid digestates produced by the AD process.

(Press release)

Levenseat plant on track

Levenseat Renewable Energy’s new energy-from-waste plant in central Scotland will enter the next stage of construction early next year, following work to move more than 2m tonnes of soil and rock.

The new facility, on a 7.5 hectare site between Edinburgh and Glasgow (above), is on track to be fully operational by January 2017.

It will have capacity to handle 250,000 tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste per year, with contracts already in place with feedstock suppliers for the majority of that capacity.

(Press release)

First Mile’s festive freebie

London recycling firm First Mile is supporting the homelessness charity Crisis this Christmas by providing free collections of more than 15 tonnes of waste and recycling from its 10 shelters.

The charity will provide food, shelter and healthcare for more than 4,000 homeless people during a six-day period.

Bruce Bratley, CEO at First Mile said: “We’re very pleased to be able to assist Crisis at Christmas. We think the work they do is fantastic and are impressed that they are also committed to making their shelters as environmentally friendly as possible – enlisting our help to ensure as much waste as possible is recycled.” 

(Press release)

So now you know…

Defra has – and owns - 1,528 office desks in its main buildings at Nobel House and 9 Millbank, London.

Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson, parliamentary under-secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, revealed the figures in a written answer to a parliamentary question from Labour MP Helen Goodman, shadow minister for work and pensions, on furniture.

(Hansard)

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