PDM to double size of AD plant

The UK’s largest food waste recycler PDM is to double the size of its ReFood Doncaster anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, making it UK’s biggest food waste AD plant.

The plant, which was opened in the summer of 2011 and was ReFood’s first AD plant in the UK, is due to start construction work in January, in a £6m expansion.

PDM has received planning consent to accept 160,000 tonnes (t) of food waste at Doncaster, which would otherwise go to landfill.

Commercial director at ReFood Philip Simpson said: “We are delighted to have received planning consent for this plant. The increased capacity gained will help us to ensure that more food waste can be transformed into renewable energy and valuable nutrients to go back onto the land.

“Since the launch of Vision 2020: UK roadmap to zero food waste to landfill, we have seen a clear desire from the local government, hospitality sector and retail to prevent food waste to landfill.”

The new plant will create 30 new jobs to add its 35 existing staff across drivers, sales, admin, operations and maintenance.

It will generate electricity through combined heat and power and will produce a nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser to be used by farmers in the local area.

“As a company we are striving to have the necessary infrastructure in place in order to achieve zero food waste to landfill by the end of the decade. Food waste is a valuable asset and, as a company, we are committed to delivering the most advanced solutions for dealing with food waste and maximising its value as a resource.”

Additionally, ReFood is investing £20m in a new facility in Widnes and £30m in a state-of-the-art plant in Dagenham.