'Bootiful' green energy for Bernard Matthews' site

Around 28,000 tonnes a year of turkey waste is to be transformed into energy in a project by one of the country's largest producers of poultry.

Bernard Matthews farm in Holton, Suffolk, will get around 13% of the site's electricity and 10% of its heat needs through the scheme.

The scheme, which is funded through £4m of venture capital, will use Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and will cut CO2 emissions by 2,800 tonnes a year.

It will also remove when it comes online, which is due to be in 2013, around 1,200 truck trips from the roads which is around 60% of the factory's traffic associated with waste.

Bernard Matthews' managing director, Rob Mears, said: "This is an important development for Bernard Matthews and the local community.

"It will not only reduce our carbon footprint and help create a sustainable, constant, environmentally friendly source of power for the factory.

"But it will also provide significant environmental benefits to the local community and help strengthen our long term competitive position for the site."

Luke Walsh


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