Doncaster becomes UK’s food waste capital

PDM, the UK’s largest food waste recycler, is to double the size of its ReFood anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Doncaster.

The plant was ReFood’s first AD plant in the UK and has been operational since mid-2011. Planning consent has been granted to accept 160,000 tonnes of food waste at Doncaster that would otherwise go to landfill

Construction work on the £6m expansion will start this month and isn’t expected to be completed until the summer.

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Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, part of PDM Group, said: “The increased capacity gained will help us to ensure that more food waste can be transformed into renewable energy and valuable nutrients to go back onto the land.

“As a company we are striving to have the necessary infrastructure in place in order to achieve zero food waste to landfill by the end of the decade. Food waste is a valuable asset and as a company we are committed to delivering the most advanced solutions for dealing with food waste and maximising its value as a resource.”

The investment will make ReFood Doncaster the largest food waste AD plant in the UK, until PDM’s planned £30m Dagenham plant opens in 2015.

The Doncaster facility already employs 35 people, but the expansion will create 30 new jobs across drivers, sales, admin, operations and maintenance.

The plant will generate electricity through combined heat and power (CHP) and will have a total capacity of 5MWh, which will be fed into the national grid.

A nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser will also be produced by the AD process and will be used by farmers in the local area to grow new crops.

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