The north east’s first commercial food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, which will generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes every year, has officially opened in County Durham.
Operated by Emerald Biogas, the £8m state-of-the-art AD facility based at Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate, will serve the north east’s need to recycle food waste and create renewable energy, processing 50,000 tonnes of leftover food from businesses across the region, including Vale of Mowbray, Greencore and SK Chilled Foods.
Emerald Biogas, which opened its state-of-the-art food waste plant last year, is launching a campaign directed at schools across the region called ‘Waste Warriors: Food for Thought’ to tackle the growing problem of food waste.
The company, which manages a commercial anaerobic digestion facility in Newton Aycliffe – the first of its kind in the north east – is giving schools in the north east the opportunity to take part in its school engagement programme and inviting pupils to become ‘waste warriors’.
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