Food waste treatment firm Tamar Energy has opened a 66,000 tonnes-per-year capacity anaerobic digestion (AD)facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
The plant is the firm’s fifth operational facility, with other sites at Halstead, Essex; Holbeach, Lincolnshire; Basingstoke, Hampshire and Retford, Nottinghamshire.
The facility takes in food waste from local authorities, food producers, processors and the commercial sector.
Tamar Energy claims the plant will produce enough energy to power more than 6,000 homes and produce biofertillser for agricultural use.
Dean Hislop, Tamar Energy’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.
“Anaerobic digestion 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.”
Tamar Energy was established in February 2012 with around £97 million in financial backing from investors including The Duchy of Cornwall, The Rothschild family and Rothschild Investment Trust, Dubai-based investment company Fajr Capital and supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.
In November 2012 Tamar completed a deal to acquire the organics arm of Countrystyle Group Limited.