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Food waste to be recycled at dedicated new facility

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 11:12:12

This month a plant designed to recycle tens of thousands of tonnes of food waste generated by British households has opened in Hertfordshire. It promises to turn leftovers into energy which can be pumped back into the national grid, according to the CIWM Journal.

The facility, operated by Tamar Energy, should be able to generate enough electricity to keep an estimated 6,000 homes up and running over the course of the year.

Furthermore, this energy creation process is just one part of the sustainable achievements of the plant, as it can also convert food waste into usable fertiliser which will help farmers to grow crops, creating a truly circular life cycle.

Sixty six thousand tonnes of waste will be accepted by the plant each year and it is the fifth site of its kind to be opened in the UK by Tamar Energy, joining a pair of similar facilities in the South East of the country.

In addition to taking household food waste, the plant will also process compostable material from major businesses in and around Hertfordshire. In particular, it will focus on collecting waste from companies which produce food themselves and tend to generate some waste as part of this process.

Spokesperson, Dean Hislop, said that this plant was advantageous not just because of its food waste recycling capabilities, but also because of its convenient geographic location. He explained that both local councils and businesses would be able to benefit from the plant, enabling them to safely and sustainably dispose of organic matter without facing significant obstacles or costs.

The process by which the waste is recycled is similar to digestion in the human body, since enzymes are harnessed to set the process in motion and produce energy and fertiliser in one fell swoop.




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