ReFood, a Doncaster based UK food waste recycling firm, is expanding its Widnes biogas facility by 33% with the construction of a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) tank.
The expansion will take the site’s processing capacity to 160,000 tonnes of food waste each year, making it one of the largest AD plants in Europe.
The plant is situated between the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester and will be able to accept food waste from businesses across towns and cities in the North West.
The company said that the plant has technology to remove packaging prior to recycling and will also be able to process waste collected from both Liverpool and Manchester council waste collections.
ReFood added that the 22 week build program will not affect the site’s current capacity during the construction process.
Digestate from the plant, which opened in 2014, is used as a fertiliser, for use by local farmers.
“This expansion represents a serious investment in the recycling capacity of the North West,” commented Richard Poskitt, commercial manager at ReFood.
“To put things into perspective, once these works are complete, the site will have the capacity to handle all of Liverpool’s municipal food waste, whilst generating green energy for local users,” he added.
Our presence in Widnes amounts to a £30m investment into the region, and our expansion will bring more jobs, both during construction and in the long-term,” concluded Poskitt.
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