Shanks has been given the go-ahead to build its second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in the UK.
At a cost of £11m the facility will be built at the Westcott Venture Park situated between Bicester and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. It will be capable of processing 48,000 tonnes of food and other organic waste each year from commercial businesses and Shank’s other recycling facilities.
Up to 2 MW of electricity will be generated from the waste, which is expected to power other businesses on the site.
Shanks UK managing director Ian Goodfellow said: “This facility will provide our customers with a long term sustainable solution for the recycling of their organic waste and it is clear evidence of our commitment to the generation of renewable energy utilising our Orgaworld AD technology.”
The facility is scheduled to be operational in early 2012.
In addition, Shanks plans to submit planning for its third UK facility in East London early this year.