10,000 tonnes of festive food waste expected at UK AD facilities

A UK renewable energy firm is expecting around 10,000 tonnes of Christmas food waste to be delivered to its facilities in January. Severn Trent Green Power will use the unwanted food waste from approximately 1.5 million homes to create biogas and electricity, using anaerobic digestion (AD).

The company has eight waste plants across the Midlands, Oxfordshire, South Wales and London. Once the food has been processed, the waste - which would otherwise have been destined for landfill - will generate around 4,700-megawatt-hours, equivalent to renewable energy to power more than 1,000 homes for a year.

“When the festive period comes to an end, each year we see a big increase in the amount of food waste that’s delivered to our AD plants,” said Severn Trent Green Power’s commercial director, Pamela Lloyd.

“Whether it’s the unwanted leftovers from Christmas dinner or from the parties people will be hosting, we’re getting ready to take delivery of around 10,500 tonnes of food waste, which would otherwise be destined for landfill and turn them into green energy using the anaerobic digestion process.”

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