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WRAP awards JPS £1.4m grant

A Staffordshire, UK-based waste collection firm has been awarded a £1.4 million (€1.6 million) grant to help finance the construction of its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility.

John Pointon & Sons (JPS) received the grant from the government’s Waste Resource and Action Programme (WRAP) that will go towards funding its £12 million biomass facility in Cheddleton.

Expected to be up and running by October next year, the biomass plant will have the capacity to generate 2MW of renewable energy a year for 600,000 tonnes of food waste. This includes pet food, chocolate, pastry and blood.

‘A detailed design of the plant has been finalised and now that we have recived planning approval the project will move into the construction phase later this year,’ said Barney Williams, technical director at JPS. He went on to say: ‘This is one of the most exciting projects in the region and a major renewable energy development in the UK.

The plant will include a pre-treatment facility, a digestion plant, a biogas system and a de-watering system.