Tamar Energy’s anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Hertfordshire has started accepting food waste.
Its feedstock will primarily come from Essex County Council, as well as commercial and industrial companies across the region.
The plant will recycle up to 66,000 tonnes a year of food waste, to generate up to 3MW/h of renewable energy and produce a fertiliser for agricultural use.
It is Tamar’s fifth AD plant, located close to the M25 between two of its other facilities at Halstead in Essex and Basingstoke in Hampshire. It also has plants at Holbeach in Lincolnshire and Retford in Nottinghamshire.
Chief executive Dean Hislop said: “The Hoddesdon plant’s accessible location, long opening hours and network of complementary sister plants means that Tamar offers a reliable, cost-effective service to local authorities and businesses looking to manage their organic waste in the most responsible way.
“AD is the cost-effective choice for recycling unavoidable food waste, and is also a transparent way for local authorities and businesses to showcase their green credentials – something that’s increasingly important in today’s working environment.”
Tamar secured a £32m non-recourse project loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland last year to refinance its five plants.
The company has secured permission to build a sixth plant at Bromley in Kent.