BiogenGreenfinch has been awarded planning permission for an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Bygrave Lodge Farm, Hertfordshire.
The facility will have a 45,000 tonne per year capacity and plans to accept food waste from retailers, manufacturers and households. It is estimated that the biogas from the plant will generate enough renewable electricity to power 3,600 homes and the digestate produced is to be used as biofertiliser for nearby farmland.
The farm, owned by Wallington Farms, has worked in close partnership with BiogenGreenfinch to prepare a strategy for the use of the biofertiliser on local crops.
BiogenGreenfinch chief executive Richard Barker said: “We are delighted with the decision of the planning committee, particularly as the vote was unanimous. The anaerobic digestion plant will be built at an excellent strategic location near to the A1; instead of waste food being driven to landfill sites it will now be used to create renewable energy and help combat climate change. We look forward to working with local food waste producers on this exciting project.”