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Doncaster food-waste plant provides logistics jobs

By: Chris Taylor
18 April 2011

A Doncaster energy plant powered by food-waste will create 35 jobs in operations, administration and logistics work, the Yorkshire Post reports.

The £12m facility will recycle 45,000 tonnes of waste each year, generating some 2.8Mw of energy. Furthermore, the developers are reportedly on course to open this summer.

Prosper De Mulder have so far laid down the foundations for the biomass storage facility, and steel frames have been erected for the depackaging facility and concrete digestor.

Local councillors have welcomed the construction, thanks to the introduction of new employment and a commitment by developers to energy saving and local recycling. Chief executive at Prosper De Mulder, Andrew Smith, assures that the build "will firmly put Doncaster on the map as leading the way in generating renewable energy from food waste."

Once the construction is complete, developers are to offer both large and small businesses the opportunity to use the facility, which will include a food waste collection service. The 'bin swap' scheme allows a full bin will be emptied and then exchanged for a clean and sanitised one, according to Waste Management World.

Paul Morris, operations director, commented on the progress on-site, saying: "The ReFood plant is really starting to take shape and is on schedule to be completed and operational this summer."

"We're now entering some of the more exciting phases, which will see the structure of the plant finalised, ready for the internal equipment to be added."

"We already have a number of local businesses on board to use the plant, with many national customers also keen to see their food waste converted into energy this way," he added.

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