A GREEN energy company has been given planning permission for a plant to generate electricity from food waste.
Biogen were given planning permission to develop the anaerobic digestion plant at Waen, near Rhuallt in Denbighshire.
It will process 22,500 tonnes of food waste every year collected by Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire councils from households and businesses – all of which could otherwise be sent to landfill.
It will generate 1Megawatt of renewable energy for the national grid – sufficient to power 1,500 homes continually each year – and a valuable biofertiliser for use on local farmland.
Work on the new plant is due to begin in spring 2013 and is expected to be completed during the first half of 2014.
Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Environment and Sustainability, said: “By building modern facilities like this, we can ensure that we deal with our own food waste within North Wales and make the most of our valuable resources.
“Putting food scraps in your black bin means they end up in landfill and give off harmful greenhouse gases. Using your food waste bin means they will be collected weekly and turned into electricity and biofertiliser at Waen. It’s cleaner, better for the environment and supports green jobs.”