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New food waste recycling plant for Bishop's Cleeve could run 4,000 homes

By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

Wingmoor Farm, Bishop's Cleeve

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A new food waste recycling facility near Bishop’s Cleeve could soon produce enough electricity to power up to 4,000 homes.

Grundon Waste Management, which runs Wingmoor Farm near the village, has submitted plans to Gloucestershire County Council to install a anaerobic digestion plant on its site.

It hopes to move food waste away from landfill. More than 34,000 tonnes of food waste will be recycled at the site to produce power for the National Grid.

Grundon will be working with Andigestion Ltd, which opened the first anaerobic digestion site in Holsworthy, Devon in 2002.

During a public consultation last month, various issues were brought up, including smell from the food waste and vehicles moving to the waste to the site.

Food waste will go through an anaerobic process – which means no air is used – to extract the methane.

It is then cleaned and burned to produce electricity.

Mike Lowe, director at Andigestion Ltd, said: “The food waste will come in on a regular basis, and enough power will be produced to power 4,000 homes nearby.

“There has been an awful lot of research into andigestion plants, it has been around for decades.

“In the UK, we have used it to treat sewage for more than 30 years.

“Only very recently did we start looking at how this might help us with food waste.

“We met with people and assured them that although there is a little smell, it will not affect the village.

“The trucks are sucked into the plant, and the process needs no air, so the smell is not a huge factor.

“We have definitely looked at the feedback to how we might improve the site and the entire process.

“I have got to say the consultation was well received. We had about 40 to 50 people at the meeting.”

The application is open for comments on Gloucestershire County Council’s website.

The council will also decide on the application by March 14.

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