Agrivert has won a 15-year contract to recycle 18,000 tonnes of food waste from household collections in the Bridgend and Swansea area of Wales.
The waste will be transported by haulier Mansel Davies & Son to Agrivert’s anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Parc Stormy in Bridgend, on the site of a former WW2 aerodrome.
The AD plant is the biggest in Wales and currently processes 48,000 tonnes of food and liquid wastes a year, generating 3MW of renewable electricity, enough to power 5,900 homes.
The plant also generates heat for a neighbouring cement business and digestate which is used on 3,000 acres of arable land within 11 miles of the site.
Alexander Maddan, Agrivert chief executive, said the company was delighted to be working with Bridgend and Swansea county borough councils.
“It is important to recycle food waste within the region that it is collected and return value resource such as fertiliser and energy back to the local area. We look forward to working closely with Bridgend and Swansea and residents alike to increase their food capture rates and support them in meeting future recycling targets.”
Mark Thomas, Swansea’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Not only will the waste help to generate enough power to supply thousands of homes with green electricity, but the leftovers will provide high-grade organic fertiliser to help grow the next generation of foodstuffs too.
“In Swansea our recycling rate is already at 63%, and this initiative will offer further reassurance to residents that their food waste is being disposed of thoughtfully.”