UK water utility Severn Trent is investing GB£13 million into an anaerobic digestion plant as a part of a bigger company strategy to turn food waste into energy to power their sites and make revenue by selling the surplus to the grid.

Manager of the project Mike Surrey expects to see the new plant converting up to 50,000 tonnes of food waste into energy – generating around 2 per cent of Severn Trent’s overall energy needs – and a high quality bio-fertiliser.

Mr Surrey said: “Once the first digester is up and running, we have ambitious plans to roll out food waste plants across the Severn Trent region, and we’re looking at where we’re going to put the next two plants right now.

Severn Trent Water serves more than 4.2 million homes and business customers in central England and Wales, and claims to have the lowest combined water and waste water bills.

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