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Find out more about our food waste anaerobic digestion plant in Coleshill

Severn Trent has recently opened a food waste anaerobic digestion site at Coleshill Sewage Treatment Plant. The plant takes food waste from local businesses and waste management companies which is then broken down into energy and fertiliser.

The capacity of the plant is 48,500 tonnes per year of both packaged and unpackaged food waste and the energy output 2.4MW, which is equivalent to the amount of electricity required to power over 4,000 homes for a year.

The plant accepts food waste from:

  • Food and drink manufacturers and food processing companies;
  • Hospitality and food service ie pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels;
  • Local authorities (segregated household collections);
  • Schools, colleges, universities and hospitals;
  • Supermarkets and retail.

The site has been designed to offer the most efficient and reliable service to our customers by utilising proven process technologies and the experience gained by Severn Trent staff over many years of running anaerobic digestion plants.

Benefits of using the Coleshill plant include:

  • Cost-efficient and sustainable way to recycle food waste;
  • Diverts waste from landfill whilst achieving a high level of recycling;
  • Flexible staff and efficient plant design offers a quick vehicle turnaround time;
  • Renewable energy produced in the process offsets carbon emissions. 
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