A new Hoddesdon based recycling facility has started accepting food waste, offering a cost-effective and sustainable recycling service for local authorities, food producers, processors and the commercial sector in the region.

Tamar Energy’s (Tamar’s) new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Hoddesdon will recycle up to 66,000 tonnes per annum of food waste, to generate up to 3MW of renewable energy, enough to power more than 6,000 homes, and also produce a valuable biofertiliser for agricultural use.

As the fifth plant in Tamar’s AD network, it is ideally located between its two existing facilities at Halstead in Essex and Basingstoke in Hampshire. As well as accepting kerbside collected household food waste from Essex County Council, a number of high-profile commercial and industrial food producers across the region are preparing to send unavoidable food waste to the Hoddesdon AD plant for recycling.

With excellent links to the nearby M25 and major road network, the plant in Hoddesdon offers a high level of convenience, which is further bolstered by extended opening hours for the reception of food waste that offer seven day per week flexibility, accepting food wastes between 6am and 8pm on weekdays and 6am and 5pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. 

Dean Hislop, Tamar’s chief executive, said: “Our new Hoddesdon plant is gearing up to process high volumes of food waste, which few other AD facilities are able to offer.

“The Hoddesdon plant’s accessible location, long opening hours and network of complementary sister plants means that Tamar offers a reliable, cost-effective service to local authorities and businesses looking to manage their organic waste in the most responsible way.

“AD is the cost-effective choice for recycling unavoidable food waste and is also a transparent way for local authorities and businesses to showcase their green credentials; something that’s increasingly important in today’s working environment.”

Seeding material from Tamar’s AD plant in Retford is being used to kick-start the digestion process. Unlike other sources of renewable energy, the biological AD process uses special enzymes to break down food waste in airtight conditions to produce a reliable, constant 24/7 supply of renewable energy. It also recycles waste into a nutrient-rich biofertiliser that can be used in place of expensive petro-chemical alternatives and has been proven to boost crop yield rates.

It is estimated that there are 15 million tonnes of food waste in the UK each year, of which British households generate over 7 million tonnes.  Much of the unavoidable waste, such as peelings, teabags and bones, goes into landfill or incineration. Businesses interested in sending their food and liquid wastes to the new plant can contact Tamar Energy on 0207 255 7526.

Tamar is one of the UK’s leading operators of commercial AD plants. As well as the new Hoddesdon facility, it has four other AD plants in operation at Halstead, Essex; Holbeach, Lincolnshire; Basingstoke, Hampshire and Retford, Nottinghamshire.



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