Emerald Biogas Ltd. today began operating a facility in northeast England that will use food waste to generate enough energy for about 2,000 homes a year.
The heat and power plant in County Durham cost about 8 million pounds ($13 million) to build, the Newton Aycliffe-based company said in a statement on its website. It will process cardboard, plastic and waste from supermarkets, fast-food outlets, schools and businesses, it said.
Supermarkets and businesses are being pushed to send food waste to anaerobic digestion facilities such as Emerald’s by a landfill tax that makes it increasingly expensive to bury waste. It was introduced in April 2012 at 64 pounds a metric ton and rose to 72 pounds this April.
Planning consent already has been granted for Emerald to expand the processing capacity of the plant to four times its current size.
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