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Cwm Harry Land Trust charity to run Ludlow biodigester
AN environmental charity has been found to run the Ludlow biodigester.
Shropshire Council has agreed for the Cwm Harry Land Trust to operate the facility sited on the Coder Road industrial estate.
The charity will take over the Biocycle South Shropshire Company and operate the council-owned anaerobic digester plant for the foreseeable future, treating food waste and generating renewable electricity.
Operation of the biodigester plant was suspended in September 2012 when previous supply contracts expired.
The biodigester can treat most types of food waste that would otherwise be disposed of in landfill sites.
Cwm Harry have had a long association with Biocycle and the biodigester and previously supplied the plant with food waste. It currently operates a composting site in Newtown, Powys, and has operated in this field for several years.
“Having had an association with the facility for some time, Cwm Harry welcomes the opportunity to take over its operation,” said Adam Kennerley, chief executive of the charity.
“We have exciting plans to involve the local community and create new educational, apprenticeship, training and volunteering opportunities.”
Digesters use bacteria to break down organic waste types to produce a biogas that can be burned to produce electricity and heat, or used as a vehicle fuel.