The company has submitted a planning request for a plant at its company headquarters in Doncaster. If granted, it would be the first in a national programme of building AD plants alongside the companys existing food waste processing facilities, in operation throughout the UK.
Unsold or unusable food products collected by the company from most of the UKs major retail chains are used to produce bio-fuels or to generate renewable energy.
If all goes to plan, the new plant would become operational in 2009, processing approximately 50,000 tonnes of food waste per annum, which will be collected from local shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as residues from PDM group's pet food production plant.
The system, which is being developed in partnership with one of Europe's largest AD plant operators, will enable the company to generate 2MW of renewable energy, which will be used to power the Doncaster plant and supply the national grid.
PDM Group commercial director Philip Simpson says that the development is essential. An increased demand for sustainable food waste recycling and the proposed additional ROC [Renewable Obligation Certificate] credits have made anaerobic digestion a key component in PDM Group's range of food waste recycling services.