The West London Waste Authority (WLWA) has engaged organic waste recycling firm BiogenGreenfinch on a three year contract to treat food waste at its Westwood anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Northamptonshire.
The contract, which was signed this week, means that from June BiogenGreenfinch will treat 11,000 tonnes a year of food waste collected from 250,000 homes in Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond – the boroughs which form the WLWA.
Councillor Irwin Van Colle, WLWA chairman, said: "This is the Authority's first contract to use anaerobic digestion as a treatment technology for food waste. It represents the future for waste management. Diverting waste from landfill like this saves money for Council Tax payers, helps generate electricity and provides a bio-fertiliser for use on farmland".
West London waste will provide about a quarter of the Northampton facilities annual supply of raw material. It will be converted into power for around 700 homes, and about 8000 tonnes of digestate which will be used on farmland local to the processing plant.
Ealing has been running a pilot system with the same company for a few months. The Park Royal Partnership has a plan to provide a similar plant on Park Royal, this would be even better than the Northampton solution, as it wouldn't involve trucking the waste from West London to the Midlands, and the energy and fertiliser could be used locally.
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