Jobs boost as Doncaster power site doubles in size

Reffod at Ings Road, Bentley
Reffod at Ings Road, Bentley
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Work to extend a controversial food waste re-cycling site have been completed - creating 30 new jobs.

ReFood has completed a multi-million pound development project to expand its anaerobic digestion facility in Bentley, which has been undergoing an extensive development programme since April 2014.

The project has almost doubled the capacity of the facility which is now capable of processing 160,000 tonnes of food waste from across the Yorkshire and Humberside region each year.

It will generate just under five megawatt hours of electricity and will help to power more than 12,000 homes across the region with completely sustainable renewable energy.

Alongside two new 3,700 tonne capacity digesters, the £6m expansion work has seen additional receiving and storage tanks added to the site on Ings Road, alongside two 1.1MWh gas engines.

In addition, 30 new jobs have been created from the project, with positions in transport, sales, administration, operations and maintenance roles.

Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, said: “We’re delighted to announce the official completion of our expansion project at ReFood Doncaster.

“Huge local demand for an integrated food waste collection and recycling solution has fuelled this multi-million pound investment project – just three years after we initially opened the site!

“Businesses across the region are beginning to appreciate the financial benefits of diverting food waste away from landfill and we’re pleased that ReFood Doncaster can continue to deliver these benefits to an ever-growing number of customers.

“As well as being a more financially-viable waste management process, food waste recycling is hugely beneficial from an environmental perspective.

“Alongside generating renewable energy, even the resulting digestate, created during the AD process, can be repurposed.

“In the case of ReFood Doncaster, this is used by a network of local farmers as a PAS 110 certified fertiliser to aid the growth of crops.

“Known as ReGrow, the industry-first sustainable biofertiliser not only replaces the use of chemicals, but also completely closes the food chain – from field to fork and back again.”

The ReFood site opened for the first time in 2011.

Nearby residents had opposed the scheme when it was first proposed, raising concerns with Doncaster Council planning bosses about what they saw as potential odours from the site, and the levels of traffic they feared it could bring.

A petition against the plan was sent in to the authority for councillors to consider, but the council’s planning committee was satisfied that the scheme could go ahead.