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The number of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants in the UK has risen to 540, with more than 100 new plants coming into operation in 2016.

The growth can be put quite simply down to demand for the service. AD plants produce biogas from food waste, agricultural materials, industrial effluents, and sewage. In the past few years, food manufacturers have become more conscious of the need to know where they are sending their waste and have been actively seeking options. The demand for AD plants, in particular, has resulted in an increase in the number of UK plants.

As well as used as a biofertiliser, the biogas produced can be used to produce electricity and heat. The UK’s total AD sector now has a capacity of more than 708MW, enough to power 850,000 homes.

“The growth of the AD industry to 540 operational sites is hugely welcome, providing the equivalent of over 700MW capacity for green electricity generation and offering a sustainable option for food waste, farming and water treatment,” said Charlotte Morton, UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association CEO.

Why use an AD plant

By using AD plants, businesses can lower their environmental impact and position themselves as a responsible company. It is estimated that AD plants have already reduced UK greenhouse emissions by nearly 1% annually and businesses will want to be associated with helping the environment.

For food manufacturers, retailers, chain restaurants and hotels, anaerobic digestion plants are a cost-effective, environmentally responsible waste management solution that recycles their food waste, rather than it being burned or buried.

JNL work in partnership with AD plants to regularly collect and transport food waste. If you are from an anaerobic digestion plant and want to work with a logistics firm who specialise in transporting food waste economically and efficiently, look no further than waste logistics company JNL.

Our specialist team can come to you to learn more about your business, or we can arrange a joint visit to a food manufacturer who you work with to discuss the most effective way that their waste can be stored, collected and delivered to your AD plant.

To find out more about our waste management services call us on 01933 410 789.