Go-ahead for food waste energy plant in Walpole

Plans for a plant which creates green energy from food waste have been approved in Somerset.

The Somerset Waste Partnership approved Viridor's plans for the anaerobic digester at Walpole, near Bridgwater.

It uses oxygen and natural bacteria to break down food waste. Methane gas is then collected and can be burned to generate electricity.

It is hoped the plant, which already has planning permission, will be operational by 2013.

Somerset Waste Partnership said it hoped the energy would also be used to create agricultural bio-fertiliser and electricity which could be exported to the National Grid.

A report into the proposed plant said it would be able to process up to 30,000 tonnes of food waste a year, with Somerset residents providing at least 19,000 tonnes and food processing firms, catering services or restaurants providing the remainder.

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