Widnes food waste plant plan considered

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Plans to build a biogas plant that will turn food waste from across Merseyside into energy will be considered by councillors.

Granox, also known as PDM Ltd, wants to build the plant on land within its present site at Desoto Road, Widnes.

Using food waste from supermarkets, shops and restaurants, it will have the capacity to create enough energy to supply 4% of Halton households.

Councillors in Halton are expected to consider the proposal later.

It has been recommended for approval.

The PDM Group has already commissioned a similar anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at its site in Doncaster.

The Widnes site is currently authorised to operate a renewable energy facility and animal by-product processing plants.

A planning report said the new plant would turn up to 90,000 tonnes of food waste a year into biogas, which can be used in engines, burned for heat or fed into the national grid.

The process also produces a useful by-product which can be used as farming fertiliser.

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