On Friday 17th February Langage Farm threw open its doors to their anaerobic digestion plant to launch a new eco-friendly food waste disposal solution for local firms. The Food:Logic scheme was unveiled to businesses via a presentation from Paul Winterton, General Manager of Langage Farm.
Alpha Logic will provide a daily mobile food waste collection service to businesses
in Plymouth and the surrounding areas, transporting the waste to the anaerobic
digestion facility built by Langage Farm. The waste is literally eaten by bacteria with methane gas produced as a by product of the process and that is used to power an electrical generator.
‘This is a true self sustainable business,’ said Paul Winterton. ‘At peak times, we are using only three quarters of the power produced by the process and thus we are able to sell the surplus to the grid. The by product from all of this is a bio fertiliser which is placed back on the land. So we are taking something like 45 tonnes of waste a day, producing power for ourselves and the national grid and producing 40 tonnes of bio fertisilier at the end of the process. This is an alternative, cleaner, greener more cost effective way of treating food waste than landfill or incineration.’
Langage Farm have invested over £4 million into the project and with the link up with
Alpha Logic, waste from businesses is now being dealt with in a far greener way than ever before.
Neil Stallard, Commercial Director at Alpha Logic said. ‘ It is well documented in the press that landfill sites are not only damaging the environment but are equally running out of capacity. With changes in legislation requiring businesses to divert their food waste away from landfill by 2020, alongside increasing landfill charges and taxes, it is vital that firms find alternative options for their food waste. We are delighted to have secured an exclusive deal with Langage Farm to allow us to offer an environmentally friendly food waste solution.’
To kick start the Food:Logic campaign. The first 150 businesses who pledge their
commitment to the scheme will gain accreditation and receive marketing collateral for them to promote their participation.
Paul continues, ‘This will be of interest to schools, hotels, restaurants, bars, care homes and hospitals, in fact anyone who has to prepare food or has to deal with organic waste. This is a truly green project; even the waste heat from the generator is extracted and used at the factory. The farm no longer has to rely on non organic fertilisers, we are self sufficient in electricity and are removing 45 tonnes of waste a day from the disposal system and we can cope with a lot more.’