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Emerald Biogas, in Newton Aycliffe, gears up to start production
BOSSES behind £8m plans to build the North-East's first commercial waste to energy plant have called on food producers to take greater responsibility as the project moves closer to starting operations.
The Emerald Biogas anaerobic digestion factory, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, hopes to convert about 50,000 tonnes of food waste into energy every year, creating 1.56MW, which the firm says will be enough to power 2,000 homes.
The plant is now approaching the end of its commissioning phase, and bosses say retailers, hotels, restaurants and pubs in the region must think more about cutting the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Antony Warren, Emerald Biogas director, said: “Food, drink and packaging waste in the UK supply chain is currently 15 million tonnes per year, with the commercial sector throwing away over 7.8 million tonnes of food waste annually.
“It is a growing concern and the North-East is no exception, which is why we are encouraging food manufacturers to tackle the problem.”
Fellow director, Adam Warren, said: “Once at full capacity, we can can look forward to creating renewable energy for neighbouring industrial companies and producing quality fertiliser.”
Emerald Biogas was formed in 2009 by the Warrens, who own of the John Warren ABP food waste collection and animal by-product recycling firm, and Ian Bainbridge, who runs Agricore.
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