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Alternative food waste processing trial launched

Msp keith brown (left) and malcolm mcardle, md of ace

An alternative way to process food waste is set to be trialled in three pilot projects in Scotland.

Clackmannanshire-based charity Alloa Community Enterprises (ACE) Recycling will test a food waste recycling technology called BioRegen at a local bakery, island community and prison in the next few months.

ACE recently signed a £2m, 10-year deal with BioRegen’s Australian creator VRM Global Holdings, which it expects to generate £1m a year in revenue for the first three years and £10m a year after that.

The deal gives ACE the right to roll out the technology in the UK. It has already been used in Australia and Asia.

The technology uses specially cultivated, naturally occurring microbes to create products that can be used in topsoil production, as fertiliser in agriculture and horticulture, and in the industrial and domestic cleaning markets.

It anticipates the trials will create around 24 new jobs in Clackmannanshire in the first three years and up to 140 across the country within the period of the agreement.

Details of the trial projects were recently presented at ACE’s headquarters to Keith Brown, the local MSP and Scotland’s economy secretary.

Brown said: “Their latest innovative project has the potential to have a very positive impact on the food waste industry as well as create local employment opportunities. I wish them every success with the pilot projects and look forward to hearing about the outcomes in due course.”

ACE managing director Malcolm McArdle said BioRegen would not compete with anaerobic digestion (AD).

“We would never take BioRegen and scale it up to the type of tonnages that an AD plant deals with. The energy output is marginal compared with AD. The technology is driven by producing material that gets used in agriculture.”

Since January, any Scottish business producing more than 5kg of food waste a week has to collect the material separately under the Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

  • Pictured top: Brown (left) and McArdle

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