John Pointon & Sons (JPS) announced it would be going ahead with the project at its headquarters in Cheddleton, England, after receiving a ₤1.44m grant from the UK Government’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
The plant will be capable of processing up to 60,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial food waste annually, including a diverse range of food stock from commercial customers such as chocolate and pastry, said the company.
The facility will have the potential to produce 2MW of electricity and save the equivalent of 85,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum. The development will include a pre-treatment facility, an advanced digestion plant, a biogas system and de-watering system. WRPA estimated that 195,000 tonnes of combined commercial and industrial (C&I) waste would be diverted from landfill in the first five years of the site’s operation.