A new anaerobic digestion plant at Leeming, near Bedale
will take in over 55,000 tonnes of food waste a year, converting it into heat and power.
North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning Committee approved plans for the new plant which also includes a combined heat and power facility at Clapham Lodge, Dere Street.
One resident had objected to the plans because of the location and the scale of the development.
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But Councillor David Blades said: “This is the third anaerobic digestor scheme I have seen. It is a win, win situation. You are diverting waste from landfill and you are generating renewable energy as well as creating fertilisters."
Over a year, 1,700 tankers will bring in the waste including 15,000 tonnes of potatoes, 10,000 tonnes of soya, 20,000 tonnes of creamery waste and 5,000 tonnes of brewery waste.