The move is in response to the rising volume of food waste collected in the region and the gas will be used to supply power networks in the North East.
The food waste will be treated at Wardley Biogas, a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Gateshead which is expected to open later this year. Wardley is a joint venture between GAP, renewable energy funding provider Privilege Finance and renewable energy developer EOS DevCo. (see letsrecycle.com story)
Food waste will also be supplied to an existing AD plant at High Hedley in County Durham.
Keenan Recycling – which expanded into the North East last year – will be working alongside GAP Organics to collect food waste from its commercial clients in the region.
Paul Palmer, managing director of GAP Organics, said: “In these changing times and with businesses taking the time and trouble to offer food for recycling, we have to make sure we put that waste to good use.
“The government’s recent commitment to separate domestic food waste collections in England and Wales is already having an impact as businesses understand this will also become a legal requirement for them too.”
Mr Palmer added that he was keen to work with Keenan Recycling as food waste was at the core of their business. Keenan are Scotland’s largest food waste collection company.
Grant Keenan, managing director at Keenan Recycling, said: “When we launched our food waste collection service in 2010 it was our aim to ensure that people across the UK understood the importance of recycling food waste.
“We want to be able to advise business on how to reduce food waste as well as recycling it correctly and we’re really looking forward to seeing the greener future we can create in the North East with GAP Group.”