UK food waste recycler Andigestion has been awarded an eight-year contract by Gloucestershire County Council to process around 24,000 tonnes per year of household food waste.
The waste will be taken via kerbside collection to Andigestion’s Bishops Cleeve site, where it will help generate 31,000,000 kWh of renewable energy annually – enough to power 2,500 homes.
Andigestion operates two anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK, the other being located in Holsworthy, Devon. The Bishops Cleeve facility is just one of four AD plants in the UK to be accredited under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme, an industry-led initiative that recognises operational and environmental excellence in the sector.
Mike Lowe, operations director at Andigestion, said: “We’re delighted that we will be working with the county council to recycle the county’s food waste; not only is AD a much more sustainable practice than sending it to landfill, but it has the added benefit of creating renewable energy for use in our homes.”
The new contract with Gloucestershire County Council, which also offers Andigestion an additional two-year option, will start in October.
“AD is the best way to treat Gloucestershire’s food waste, turning food scraps into green gas and electricity, and bio-fertiliser,” said Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning at Gloucestershire County Council.
“It’s a crucial part of our work to manage Gloucestershire’s waste safely and cleanly while cutting carbon emissions.”