Some of our larger plants are on an industrial scale and can receive food waste to fuel them. Whether that be food waste directly from the manufacturing or hospitality sources or pumped in waste from food production plants.
Although energy generation is the main driver for anaerobic digestion systems in the UK, the waste handling potential is also of significant interest to the food processing and retail sectors. Efficiency of scale and collaboration are important in anaerobic digestion and through working with local ‘waste’ suppliers and heat and power users the economic viability of developing an AD facility can be improved significantly.
According to WRAP (Waste Resources & Action Programme), approximately one-third of the 19m tonnes of food waste that ends up in landfill each year originates from food producers and processors.
Anaerobic digestion is a cost-effective way to avoid landfill, reduce ‘waste miles’ and minimise carbon dioxide emissions, as well as offering tangible benefits to your corporate social responsibility strategy.
“Anaerobic digestion is a cost-effective, environmentally responsible waste management solution that recycles the food waste, rather than it being burned or buried.”
Food waste stats
There are over 15 million tonnes of food waste each year in the UK, 7.2 million tonnes coming from households.
Approximately 40% of this food waste ends up in the residual waste stream and is either sent to landfill or incinerated.