New recycling plant approved to boost green energy from food waste

Hemswell Cliff site

A food waste recycling operator in Lincolnshire has received planning permission to construct a second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in the region.

The news will create 18 new jobs.

BioteCH4, an AD operator in the UK, had its application for a new plant at the Hemswell Cliff site near Gainsborough approved by Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee on Monday, June 3.

The new 6MW AD plant will feature a waste reception building, three digesters, a gas bag, and a new access road. Once operational, it could generate enough green energy to power over 19,000 homes.

AD is the most sustainable method for recycling food waste into methane-rich biogas and bio-fertiliser.

Lee Dobinson, chief commercial officer at BioteCH4, said: “We’re pleased to receive planning permission for a new anaerobic digestion plant at our Hemswell Biogas site. The new facility will increase the group’s processing capacity by 200,000 tonnes annually. This will allow us to meet growing demands for food waste recycling, increase green energy outputs, and further strengthen our voice as market leaders.”