Power from food plant set to open

BOSSES behind a controversial waste food recycling plant expect to be fully operational in less than two months.

Bentley-based Prosper De Mulder says its ReFood UK anaerobic digestion plant will be fully operational by early October, and have now recruited a manager for the site. Recruitment is still ongoing for the rest of the staff.

Under the plans for the site, food waste will be recycled into renewable electricity.

Nearby residents opposed the scheme when it was first proposed, raising concerns with Doncaster Council planning bosses about potential odours from the site, on Ings Road, and traffic.

A petition against the plan was sent in. More details revealed by the operator say the plant will bring in waste food from as far away as 50 miles from Doncaster, taking both packaged and non-packaged food to generate renewable energy and a nutrient-rich fertiliser which will be used by farmers.

Mark Baker has been appointed as manager of the scheme and will be in charge of getting the scheme up and running and appointing around 40 staff at the £12 million site.

He said: “I’m delighted to be working with Refood, a brand that will set the benchmark in sustainable solutions for food waste in the UK.

“ReFood is an exciting venture, as it is bringing an industrial approach to the collection and processing of the UK’s food waste and anaerobic digestion infrastructure. With plans in place to roll out a network of similar plants across the country, it’s great to be involved at the outset.”

The ReFood plant will have capacity to recycle 45,000 tonnes of food waste each year, producing 2.8MW of electricity - enough power for 5,000 homes.

The long-established Doncaster company has also secured end customers for the 40,000 tonnes of nutrient-rich organic fertiliser produced by the anaerobic digestion process.