Dagenham in East London is set to be the home of a £30m food waste recycling plant.
Barking and Dagenham Borough council gave consent to ReFood UK for the anaerobic digestion plant which will be the company’s third site in the UK. Another new site, in Widnes, Cheshire, is due to open in 2014.
The new facility on the London Sustainable Industries Park (LSIP) will take 160,000 tonnes of food waste which would otherwise go to landfill and be used to create low carbon biogas (enough to supply around 10,000 homes), as well as liquid fertiliser. The facility will also create up to 60 new jobs in addition to some relocated jobs.
The decision comes in the same week that ReFood launched its Vision 2020: UK roadmap to zero food waste to landfill to achieve zero food waste to landfill by the end of the decade.
“There is clearly a desire within retail, the hospitality sector and householders to both prevent food waste and also deal with it more responsibly where it does arise. Indeed, we have been delighted by the positive response that the Vision 2020 ambition has already received,” said Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood.
ReFood UK opened its first anaerobic digestion plant in Doncaster in 2011 and this has proved so successful there are already plans to double its size. A further £20m is being invested in the new gas-to-grid plant in Widnes, which will be able to take 90,000 tonnes of food waste.