UK-based Severn Trent Green Power (STGP) has won a five-year contract with Peterborough City Council to convert the city's food waste into energy using anaerobic digestion (AD).
The contract begins this week and includes responsibility for the collection, haulage and treatment of food waste collected through kerbside recycling. There will be a possibility of extending the contract by three years after the initial five.
Peterborough's food waste will be treated at Severn Trent Green Power's North London AD facility, where 50,000 tonnes of household and commercial food waste is treated annually - enough to generate 3MW of electricity or power almost 6,000 homes. According to STGP, this site alone has the net carbon benefit equivalent to taking 71,000 cars off the road.
"We're delighted to have been awarded this contract," said Pamela Lloyd, commercial director at STGP, "and very much look forward to working in partnership with Peterborough City Council to provide them with a sustainable recycling solution for their food waste.
"We're starting to look after the city's food waste at a time when we all need to think differently about how we do things when we're out and about. We want to reassure everyone that we're taking extra precautions and closely following government advice, to keep everyone as safe as possible when we're collecting kerbside food waste."
Richard Pearn, head of waste, energy and resources at Peterborough City Council, added: "STGP submitted a compelling tender, combining value for money with an excellent service offering and we look forward to building our relationship with them over the next few years."