Biffa acquires 30k-tonne composting facility

Biffa has announced the acquisition of a composting facility in Oxfordshire, which was previously operated by Severn Trent Green Power.  

The facility is an ‘in-vessel’ composting site located in Ardley, Oxfordshire, which processes up to 30,000 tonnes of co-mingled municipal organic and green waste annually. 

This acquisition includes the trade and assets of the business, encompassing the plant, associated machinery and its employees.  

Mick Davis, Biffa’s chief operating officer (resources and energy), said: “I’m delighted to announce the expansion of our composting footprint, which means we can offer the service to a wider range of customers. 

“The ongoing move away from peat as a fertiliser means there will be increasing importance placed on substitute materials, and we hope to further develop in this market in the future.” 


A Severn Trent Green Power spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to conclude the sale of the Ardley IVC site to Biffa, whose track record of operation in the comingled waste market not only secures the long-term future of the site but also that of our team working there, who will be retained as part of the sale.” 


Biffa also has sites located in Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and West Yorkshire. With this acquisition, Biffa’s total processing capacity for organic waste stands at 200,000 tonnes per year. 

Severn Trent Green Power operates 11 Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities and five composting sites, recycling over half a million tonnes of organic waste each year. It annually produces 279 GWh of green energy, 400,000 litres of liquid bio-fertiliser and 65,000 tonnes of compost. The company also owns 33 solar parks, six wind turbines and three hydro-electric turbines, generating enough renewable energy to power 111,000 homes.  

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