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West Country anaerobic digestion plant in pipeline

Construction has begun on a food waste anaerobic digestion facility in the West Country.

Viridor has started work on a £10m plant near Bridgwater, which will be able to process up to 30,000 tonnes of food waste each year.

It will create 1MW of electricity, enough to supply more than 1,700 homes.

Viridor regional manger Patrick Murray said: “This is a fantastic development for Somerset that will help divert even more waste from landfill and increase recycling rates.

“Working with Somerset Waste Partnership we will process 20,000 tonnes of food waste collected from residents across the county. The remaining capacity will be filled from food waste we collect from local businesses.

“The plant will provide some excellent employment opportunities with 20 jobs during the construction phase and six full-time positions when the plant starts operating in April 2013.”

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