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Staffordshire firm announces development of £12m AD facility

A Staffordshire firm responsible for the mass disposal of animal by-products and contaminate food has announced plans to construct a £12m anaerobic digester at its site in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.

John Pointon & Sons (JPS) has received planning permission to build the 60,000 tonnes a year anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which will be part-funded by a £1.44m capital grant from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and Advantage West Midlands (AWM) as part of its food waste capital fund programme.

The design of the facility has now been finalised and construction is expected to begin later this year, forming part of a proposed energy resource centre (ERC) on the existing site. The AD plant will treat commercial and industrial food waste from the surrounding area with recovery to renewable energy.

JPS technical director Barney Williams said: ““We are delighted to receive this funding from WRAP.  A detailed design of the plant has been finalised and now that we have received planning approval, the project will move into the construction phase later this year. 

“This is one of the most exciting projects in the region and a major renewable energy development in the UK. We are looking forward to developing our AD facility as a natural symbiosis between our core business, developed over the past 30 years, and the development of our future renewable energy strategy.”

WRAP director for business resource efficiency Steve Creed said: “Since its inception, the AWM Programme has helped many West Midlands recycling businesses of all sizes to develop their operations and this support is forecast to culminate in over 2.5 million tonnes of C&I waste being diverted from landfill by 2015. 

“The capital funding we provide is crucial in stimulating private investment, as is the case with JPS.  When finished, this AD facility will be a very impressive operation. With feedstock coming from local commercial and industrial waste streams, this will benefit local businesses and create local jobs.”

The plant is expected to produce more than 2MW of electricity, and the creation of the plant and ERC will create 50 new jobs at the Cheddleton site.

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