Waste management company Viridor has formally taken over operations of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Somerset from the contractor Monsal, which built the facility.
The £10m project, located on the Walpole landfill site at Bridgwater, has the capacity to process up to 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year.
The Somerset Waste Partnership will provide 20,000 tonnes of this waste.
Commercial food waste will start going into the facility this month, according to Viridor.
However, the facility is already producing power. When operating at capacity it will generate more than 1.6MW of renewable electricity, enough to power over 3,000 homes.
In order to integrate with Viridor’s landfill infrastructure at the site, landfill gas engines were relocated.
Patrick Murray, Viridor’s regional operations manager, said: “The AD project has rejuvenated the landfill site and is a model which can be successfully employed across the country to help phase out landfilling of food waste.”
Mike Denman, Viridor’s project manager, said: “We are pleased to have taken over the plant. We are now performance testing and looking to optimise its efficiency.”