Shanks has signed an £8 million joint venture to build its first UK anaerobic digestion plant in Scotland.
Working in partnership with Scotland-based Energen Biogas, a renewable energy firm, the collaboration will develop and operate a 60,000 tonne capacity AD plant. The facility will generate up to 3 MWh of electricity enough to power 3,000 homes.
A range of organic materials will feed the plant, including supermarket waste, household and commercial kitchen waste, food processing waste and organic materials generated by existing Shanks operations.
Shankss organic waste treatment firm Orgaworld already operates in The Netherlands and Canada.
Shanks UK managing director Ian Goodfellow said: Our launch of Orgaworld in the UK is progressing well and we are extremely pleased to have signed this agreement and look forward to working closely with Energen Biogas to develop and operate this facility. This plant will provide producers of organic waste with a cost effective and sustainable alternative to landfill.
Planning permission has already been granted on the site in Scotland and it is hoped the facility will be operational by summer 2010.