Food waste recycler Andigestion’s site in Gloucestershire has become one of just four anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK to be certified under a new scheme which recognises operational and environmental excellence.
The company’s Bishop’s Cleeve site near Cheltenham recycles up to 34,000 tonnes of household and commercial food waste each year. Biomethane produced at the site is fed into the national grid and contributes enough energy to power around 10,000 homes each year.
It is only the second AD plant this year to be recognised under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS), an industry-led initiative designed to raise standards and recognise good practice in the running of AD plants.
Bishop’s Cleeve is the first biomethane-to-grid plant in the UK to receive the certification and Andigestion is the first operator to have multiple certified plants. Certification of Bishop’s Cleeve follows the same accreditation, managed by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), awarded to the company’s second site in Devon in June.
“Naturally, we’re delighted that our sites are the only two in the UK to have been recognised by this prestigious scheme this year,” said Mike Lowe, operations director at Andigestion.
“I am extremely proud of our on-site compliance team and all members of staff at both Bishop’s Cleeve and Holsworthy whose high standards of management and professionalism enable us to deliver safe and sustainable practices each and every day.
“Andigestion has always been ahead of the curve in terms of processes, innovation, and development in AD and this certification demonstrates to our customers, regulators, and the public that we remain at the forefront.
“The ADBA certification clearly demonstrates the proven quality of the systems and processes deployed by the Andigestion team.”
Sam Hinton, technical support manager at ADBA, said: “It is excellent to see Andigestion continuing to demonstrate its commitment to operational excellence and professionalism in the AD industry.
“They will reap obvious benefits from the recognition – not only improved performance and productivity, while adhering to high environmental, health and safety standards, but also confidence from their employees, customers, regulators, insurance companies, and neighbours.
“During the on-site audit, it was obvious to see Andigestion is leading the way in showing other operators how to conduct business during these uncertain times and we were especially impressed with the response to addressing the auditors’ recommendations to ensure certification and best practice.”