Widnes food waste energy plant considered

Plans for a biogas plant that will turn food waste from across Merseyside into energy have been given the go-ahead.

The 1.12-hectare facility will be built by Granox, also known as PDM Ltd, on land within its present site at Desoto Road, Widnes.

Using food waste from supermarkets, shops and restaurants, it will have the capacity to create enough energy to supply 4% of Halton households.

Halton Borough Council approved the application at a meeting on Monday.

The PDM Group has already commissioned a similar anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at its site in Doncaster.

The Widnes site is currently authorised to operate a renewable energy facility and animal by-product processing plants.

A planning report said the new plant would turn up to 90,000 tonnes of food waste a year - which currently goes to landfill - into biogas.

The biogas can be used in engines, burned for heat or fed into the national grid.

The process also produces a useful by-product which can be used as farming fertiliser.

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