Anaerobic Digestion of Food Waste
In order to expand its range of food waste recycling servicesl, PDM Group has joined forces with one of Europe's leading food-chain recycling businesses, SARIA Bio-Industries, to introduce its market-leading anaerobic digestion (AD) operation to the UK.
ReFood UK combines SARIA's expertise in operating AD facilities with PDM's UK food waste recycling capabilities.
There are currently 10 ReFood plants operating in Europe - 5 in Germany, 4 in France amd 1 in the UK. A further 5 plants are being built in Germany and 2 in France.
The ReFood AD plants operate as integrated recycling units, processing a variety of food wastes to produce renewable electricity, heat and DynAgro, a nutrient-rich fertiliser for local farms. The plants also recycle the food waste packaging. The plants provide an environmentally-sustainable solution for all waste producers looking for a safe method of diverting food waste from landfill.
ReFood's first UK AD plant opened in September 2011 in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The new plant processes approximately 45,000 tonnes of food waste per annum, collected from local shops, restaurants and cafes as well as residues from PDM Group's petfood production plant.
The new ReFood plant generates over 2.8MWh of renewable energy, which is used to power the Doncaster site and supply the national grid.
The second ReFood plant in the UK is now under construction at Widnes and and a third site in East London is now under development.