Work has started on a new food waste anaerobic digestion plant in Wales, the first anaerobic digestion facility in the country to treat local authority food waste.
The turf was cut at Gwynedd Council’s Llwyn Isaf site near Caernarfon by John Griffiths, the environment and sustainable development minister.
The GwyriAD plant, built and operated by Biogen, can handle up to 11,000 tonnes per year, processing household food waste collected by the council to create energy for the grid and biofertiliser for local farmland.
The £5m plant is being built alongside the former landfill site at Llwyn Isaf and is due to be completed by the middle of 2013. It is expected to start generating electricity by the end of the summer.
Griffiths said: “Our investment in green technologies also delivers long-term economic benefits for the people of Wales. GwyriAD will bring local jobs and opportunities to the area – not only during construction, but through permanent employment once the facility begins operating next year.”