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Viridor's south west AD plan gets go-ahead

Viridor’s proposed £10m anaerobic digestion plant has been given the green light after a deal was finalised with Somerset Waste Partnership.

The facility will be based at Viridor’s Walpole Recycling and Landfill site, near Bridgwater in Somerset. Initially it will produce one megawatt of electricity for export to the National Grid as well as powering the facility.

During phase one of the development, the site will have a 30,000 tonne capacity with up to 21,000 tonnes being provided by the Somerset Waste Partnership, through its food waste collections. Commercial businesses from across the south west will provide material to fill the spare capacity.

Viridor SW regional director Richard Jenkins said: “Walpole AD plant will help to transform food and organic wastes from households, restaurants and food businesses across the county into renewable energy and a recycled soil conditioner.”

Somerset Waste Board chairman Cllr Derek Yeomans said: “This is an important development for Somerset, creating a sustainable, constant, environmentally-friendly source of power. AD will generate savings, limit climate damaging pollution, and efficiently deal with all our food waste within the county.”

Construction is expected to start early next year.

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