ReFood launches next stage of UK expansion

13/01/2012

PDM Group has announced plans to invest a further £40 million in developing its network of ReFood anaerobic digestion (AD) plants this year. This investment will result in two new plants located in Widnes andEast London.

The announcement follows the completion of the company’s first AD plant at its headquarters inDoncaster. The two new plants will each double the recycling capacity ofDoncaster, each handling around 90,000 tonnes of food waste each year and producing 4MWhs of renewable energy.

Subject to planning, the facility inWidneswill be built on PDM’s existing site, creating a food waste recycling hub that incorporates rendering, biomass to energy and AD. Taking food waste generated by retailers, restaurants, hotels and householders, the plant will provide renewable energy to the national grid and create a nutrient rich fertiliser for use in growing new crops.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at PDM, comments: “Food waste is recognised as an issue theUKneeds to overcome, not only is it a complete waste of a resource by letting it rot in landfill, capacity at these sites is falling fast and AD offers the ideal solution. Our AD plant in Doncaster is performing well, and we’re keen to keep the momentum going in developing our ReFood network to provide regional solutions for food waste across theUK.”

PDM will incorporate the next generation of recycling and recovery technology being developed inEuropeto ensure that its plants are industry-leading in terms of efficiency to convert the highest yields of energy and nutrient rich fertiliser.

Each new plant will also generate approximately 40 new jobs in sales, logistics and operations. PDM aims to commence construction on both sites by Autumn 2012, with both plants fully operational in 2013.

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