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AD first for Wales

In Newport, Wales, UK, the trading name of food manufacturer Premier Foods – RF Brookes – will soon house the first anaerobic digestion (AD) plant attached to a food factory in Wales.

RF Brookes produces ready meals for Marks & Spencer and this will be the feedstock for the company’s £5 million (€6 million) food waste-to-energy plant, which has already started being built.

The plant will cut down on the disposal of waste and the cost of energy bills and in addition will reduce the factory’s GHG emissions by roughly 8,500 tonnes every year.

The company received a £0.5 million grant from WRAP Cymru that will go towards funding the build.

The managing director of RF Brookes Phil Coles said: 'We’ve set a challenging target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2015 and also to maximise opportunities for obtaining energy from renewable sources.’ He continued: ‘We are delighted to be the first company in Wales to adopt this technology in this way.’

Construction on the AD plant is expected to finish in Q4 2010 and will be fully operational by the beginning of next year.