Anaerobic Digestion Plant

Neil visited Viridor's Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant in Walpole, Somerset.

Since opening in 2013, the plant is successfully processing all household food waste collected for recycling in Somerset. It also has spare capacity for food waste from commercial sources. 

The AD process has great carbon and environmental benefits. Food waste entering the plant is then converted into bio-fertiliser, for use on local farms, and bio-gas, to generate electricity. 

The facility saves Somerset council tax payers £200,000 a year over previous arrangements for recycling the county’s food waste.

Neil said:

"It was a pleasure to visit the plant. It seem like a no-brainer - reduce your waste going to landfill and generate fertiliser and electricity at the end of the process. 

This should be a model for other counties and cities to follow."