Food waste to power town
Food waste from local restaurants and businesses will soon be generating enough energy to power up to 4,500 homes thanks to a new anaerobic digester which has opened in Herfordshire. The Bygrave Lodge anaerobic digestion plant is being run by experienced operator Biogen which has invested £12million into the recycling facility. Bygrave Lodge is Biogen’s fifth operational anaerobic digester in the country and two more are due to be commissioned in 2015. The new plant can process up to 45,000 tonnes a year of waste collected from supermarkets, food processors, households and the hospitality industry and then converts the methane generated into electricity. It can produce enough energy to power the whole of the nearby market town of Baldock. Already major companies operating in the local area including Asda and Ocado have signed up as food waste suppliers to the new plant. As well as generating renewable energy, the plant also produces a nutrient rich fertiliser which can be used on local agricultural land. Waste not want not.