Anaerobic digestion fund planned for Welsh councils

The Welsh Assembly Government plans to set up a £26 million fund for councils to develop anaerobic digestion plants (AD).

In 2007, the government said it would fund 30% of the cost of AD plants dealing with commercial and industrial waste. Details of projects have not yet been released.

The new fund is for councils only. Some 600,000 tonnes of municipal food waste could be separately collected each year, the government says. Processing this using AD could generate 1% of Wales’ electricity. Councils can apply for it through the strategic capital investment fund.

Wales will issue its waste strategy for consultation in March. This will include a 70% recycling target for 2020 (ENDS Report 394, p 42 ).

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