Food waste boost for southwest England

Construction work has started on an anaerobic digestion plant that will process up to 30,000 tonnes of food waste per year in southwest England.

The £10m plant is being built by Viridor on its Walpole landfill site near Bridgwater on behalf of the Somerset Waste Partnership. It will generate 1MW of electricity, enough to supply more than 1,700 homes.

The facility is due to go live in April 2013 and will eventually create six full-time positions.

Viridor’s regional manager Patrick Murray said: “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.”

Maxine Perella

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