Food recycling plant gets up and running

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A CONTROVERSIAL food waste recycling plant is up and running - and has backing from MP Ed Miliband.

Doncaster-based Prosper De Mulder officially opened the UK’s first ReFood anaerobic digestion plant in Ings Road, Bentley, at a ceremony attended by Mr Miliband.

The plant adds to PDM’s portfolio of food by-product recycling and will use food waste from local shops, hotels, restaurants and businesses to generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes.

It will have capacity to recycle 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year, producing 2.8MW of electricity as well as 40,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser.

The plant has created 35 jobs at the company’s headquarters. There are plans to build a network of plants nationally.

But it created controversy, with concerns raised by residents that it could create bad smells while it was in operation.

The opening ceremony was attended by a number of business and educational leaders. Mr Miliband tipped the first bin of food waste into it.

He said: “It’s fantastic that I’m able to open a state-of-the-art renewable-energy venture in Doncaster. The ReFood plant demonstrates the huge potential that exists for turning food and other household waste into renewable energy, which can be used to heat and power thousands of homes.

Paul Morris, operations director at PDM, said: “We’re delighted to have opened our first ReFood plant. It complements our existing offering and means we can deliver a variety of localised, secure and sustainable solutions for food waste.”