Facility is capable of processing more than 160,000 tonnes a year

ReFood has officially opened a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Dagenham.

The ReFood Dagenham plant was opened by London’s deputy mayor for the environment and energy, Shirley Rodrigues, and is capable of processing more than 160,000 tonnes of food waste every year.

The facility will also support Transport for London’s (TfL) clean air action plan through the generation of biomethane for gas-powered vehicles.

At a later date, gas upgrading equipment may also be installed on site to supply high quality road fuel.

ReFood’s commercial director, Philip Simpson, said the company aims to recycle more than one million tonnes of food waste by the end of 2017.

“ReFood Dagenham will play an important role in furthering this success, providing an environmentally-friendly waste management solution for customers in London and the surrounding areas,” said Simpson.

The deputy mayor added: “Not only will it deal with London’s food waste, but it will also produce clean biogas to help cut the carbon emissions of the gas grid.”

The Dagenham facility is ReFood’s third in the UK, adding to existing sites in Doncaster and Widnes. 

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