PDM, the UK’s largest food waste recycler, has announced it is planning to spend more than £90m on its operations in the UK before the end of 2014, of which £44m will be invested in anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.
In addition to the £44m being invested in brand new AD facilities, the company is also spending £29m to upgrade its animal by-product rendering operations and a further £18m on its petfood processing facilities.
The new £20m plant at Widnes, due for completion at the end of the year, will have 50 percent more capacity, with three combined heat and power (CHP) engines to convert the biogas produced during the AD process into renewable electricity.
Andy Smith, PDM – “This is a significant investment in new and existing facilities in the UK that will ensure we remain at the forefront of food waste and animal by product processing”
Capable of handling 90,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic food waste, Widnes will generate enough energy for approximately 8,000 homes, as well as heat, which will be used by its rendering operation on site and by adjacent businesses.
In addition to renewable energy and digestate for agriculture, a Dagenham AD plant, which is due to be constructed later this year, will produce bio-methane either for export to the Gas Grid or for commercial vehicles and buses.
Andy Smith, chief executive officer at PDM, said: “This is a significant investment in new and existing facilities in the UK that will ensure we remain at the forefront of food waste and animal by product processing.
“This investment will future-proof our business and give customers the reassurance that they are dealing with the best in the industry, while allowing us to expand significantly our operations in the UK.”