PDM has announced plans to invest £40m in extending its network of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants this year.
The investment will result in two new plants in Widnes and East London and follows the completion of the company’s first AD plant at its headquarters in Doncaster, which was opened by Labour leader and local MP Ed Miliband in September 2011 (above).
The two new plants will each double the recycling capacity of Doncaster, each handling around 90,000 tonnes of food waste each year and producing 4MWs of renewable energy.
Each new plant will also generate approximately 40 new jobs in sales, logistics and operations. PDM aims to commence construction on both sites by Autumn 2012, with both plants fully operational in 2013.
Subject to planning, the facility in Widnes will be built on PDM’s existing site, creating a food waste recycling hub that incorporates rendering, biomass to energy and AD.
Philip Simpson, PDM commercial director said: “Food waste is recognised as an issue the UK needs to overcome. Not only is it a complete waste of a resource to let it rot in landfill, capacity at these sites is falling fast and AD offers the ideal solution.
“Our Doncaster plant is performing well, and we’re keen to keep the momentum going in developing our ReFood network to provide regional solutions for food waste across the UK.”