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Recycling and Waste Management Business of the Year (SME): Biogen

Biogen is spearheading the growth of anaerobic digestion and the generation of renewable energy in the UK today.

The pioneering company designs, builds, owns and operates commercial-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) plants which recycle food waste to generate renewable energy for the grid and a valuable fertiliser for farmland. As recent reports have shown, food waste is a serious problem both with regard to the millions of tonnes produced each year and also with respect to the way we dispose of it. The majority of food waste is still sent to landfill where it releases methane into the atmosphere.

Biogen’s environmentally beneficial AD technology processes the food waste, captures the methane and uses it as a fuel to generate renewable electricity and heat. Once this has taken place the remaining liquid mixture is used as a nutrient rich biofertiliser to grow more crops. Absolutely nothing is wasted and what starts on the farm ends up back on the farm to grow more food.

Biogen provides a much-needed food waste treatment service to local authorities, supermarkets, restaurants and food manufacturers in England and Wales. It is responsible for the design and build of 16 AD plants in the UK to date, including plants for the waste water industry and farming sector as well as its core focus of food waste plants.

The judges said: “This is increasingly the ‘go to’ company for anaerobic digestion. Biogen is a pioneer and has been exemplar in digestate back to land and the science and technology behind it. It is also a great business story.”


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