ReFood UK has won planning permission for a £30 million food waste recycling plant at the London Sustainable Industries Park, based at Dagenham Dock.
The anaerobic digestion plant will be capable of turning up to 160,000 tonnes of food waste into low-carbon biogas and liquid fertiliser.
ReFood commercial director Philip Simpson said approval from Barking and Dagenham Council for the scheme would create up to 60 jobs and ensure that food waste from the London area could be diverted from landfill sites.
“We are delighted to get the go-ahead for this landmark plant which will help to ensure that food waste arising in the London area can be transformed into renewable energy and valuable nutrients to go back on to the land,” he said.
“There is clearly a desire within retail, the hospitality sector and householders to both prevent food waste and also deal with it more responsibly where it does arise.”
According to ReFood, the biogas produced by the plant will be enough to supply about 10,000 homes.
The London Sustainable Industries Park is being developed on 60 acres of land owned by the Greater London Authority and is earmarked to be the UK’s largest concentration of environmental industries and technologies.
The City of London Corporation is about to buy Barking Power Station site in east London for around £125 million, according to Property Week.
A £25 million grant for Barking and Dagenham Council will help it support new housebuilding over the next four years.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, the leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, has welcomed the decision to approve the proposed Beam Park…