BIOGEN in Wales
As part of our plan to expand our network of operations across the UK, we have partnered with local authorities in Wales to design, build and operate food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
Anaerobic digestion is the Welsh Government’s preferred option for processing food waste and the technology is supported by Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups.
Research carried out by the government funded organisation WRAP, indicates that more than 15 million tonnes of food waste is disposed of each year in the UK. The majority ends up in landfill sites where it rots and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Central and local governments are promoting the development of anaerobic digestion facilities across the UK to encourage the sustainable processing of food waste.
Treating food waste collected from local households and from commercial customers by means of anaerobic digestion will generate renewable energy and produce a valuable biofertiliser for local farmland.
The AD plants will help councils divert food waste from landfill and keep waste disposal costs down. The renewable electricity generated by this process will also make a valuable contribution to the country's energy security for the future and help Wales and the UK reach their targets of producing 15% of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.
BIOGEN is currently working with local authorities on 3 food waste anaerobic digestion projects in Wales: BIOGEN Gwyriad in Caernarfon, BIOGEN Waen in Denbighshire and BIOGEN Bryn Pica in Rhondda Cynon Taf.