Green waste plant and education centre near Keynsham get go-ahead

Published on: 07 Jun 2014

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Plans for a £5.5 million green energy facility near Keynsham that will provide enough power and heat for 2,500 homes have been given the go-ahead.

Bath and North East Somerset Council has given the green light to proposals to create an anaerobic digestion plant at Queen Charlton Quarry, along with an education centre.

It will treat half of the district’s total food waste, extracting methane gas and converting it into electricity in a process that also creates a sustainable fertiliser for farmers as a by-product.

The education centre will aim to teach students, businesses and organisations more about energy from waste and about new green technologies.

The plan has been drawn up by local organics recycling business ReOrganics Ltd and a group of investors and green energy experts called Resourceful Earth.

Spokesperson Jo Downes said there was a great deal of support for the project locally.

She said: “ReOrganics established a local residents’ liaison group a few years ago and they meet on a regular basis. The group are extremely supportive and have been involved in plans from the word go.

“The anaerobic digestion facility will replace the open-air composting facility and is a natural evolutionary approach from simply composting organic waste to tapping into all the resources that organic waste can offer, methane gas being one. Green energy is a much-needed commodity and it feels great to be part of a solution to the pressing energy issue facing us locally and globally.”

The entire process will be enclosed, with lorries delivering waste through an air lock into the building and around three HGVs entering and leaving the site each hour, the developers say.

For more information on the project, visit www.resourcefulearth.co.uk.

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