A £1.7 million deal has been signed between Tamar Energy and Essex County Council that will see 54,000 tonnes of food and garden waste treated by anaerobic digestion and composting.
Essex County Council will supply three composting sites to be used by Tamar Organics – the company’s composting business.
Around 4,000 tonnes of food waste will go to Tamar Energy’s Basingstoke AD plant while construction is completed at its new plant in Halstead, Essex by the middle of this year.
Once open, this plant will treat 7,000 tonnes of food waste per year.
Tamar Energy head of feedstock and Tamar Organics managing director Mat Stewart said: “This contract represents our first partnership with a local authority in England and it’s great to be working with Essex County Council. This once again demonstrates that AD is a genuine waste management option for local authorities that can provide tangible financial and environmental benefits.”