The Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) has welcomed its 100th anaerobic digestion (AD) operator.
Barkip AD plant in North Ayrshire has joined the BCS as the 100th member of the scheme, which was established in 2007 and is administered by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL).
The scheme continues to grow, and around half of the total number of waste-fed AD plants in the UK are now participants, underlining the value that AD operators place in being certified under the BCS.
The 100 AD plants certified by the BCS are collectively processing five million tonnes of biowastes and/or biodegradable materials annually. Digestate produced by the recycling or recovery of these materials through quality-controlled AD processes is consistently safe and of good quality for use as a renewable fertiliser, said the organisation.
David Collins, joint founder and former head of the REAL BCS, said: “Farmers have long acknowledged the multiple benefits of quality digestate in terms of soil fertility and the displacement of expensive chemical fertilisers, and the achievement of the 100th BCS compliant plant on the scheme marks a huge expansion of its use as a product.
“This has been achieved by meticulously building market confidence for its use through the outstanding administration of REAL, whose success this year has been recognised by the award of the OBE to REAL’s chief executive, Virginia Graham. I am proud to congratulate Virginia and the entire team at REAL at this moment of industry and national recognition.”
“I am thrilled to see the BCS reach this milestone of 100 AD plant operators,” commented Graham. “This BCS gives confidence to farmers, retailers, and consumers that they can be certain the digestate spread to land from BCS-certified producers is consistently safe and of good quality.
“AD plant operators recognise the huge value of having of having this assurance for their product and that is reflected in the number of scheme participants that continues to grow.”