Kent County Council has taken another step towards its goal of a circular economy for Kent’s waste with all food waste from Kent being recycled in Kent.
45,000 tonnes of food waste collected annually from Kent households will be turned into biogas at a new anaerobic digester at Blaise Farm Quarry near Kings Hill.
The biogas will be fed directly into the National Grid as well as powering the plant itself and creating farm fertiliser.
KCC Cabinet Member for the Environment Susan Carey said: “It’s great news that the new plant at Blaise Farm will help us reduce both costs and carbon emissions by recycling our household food waste here in Kent.
“We expect around 5 million m3 of gas will be created alongside 5.2million kWh of electricity, enough to power around 3,600 homes.
“As well as recycling today’s level of food waste, the new anaerobic digester has capacity to transform waste into energy from all the expected growth in households in Kent in the foreseeable future.”
“I’m sometimes asked if it’s worth bothering to separate food from general waste and the answer is a resounding yes. Biogas produced here in Kent really does help us meet our target for net-zero carbon emissions for Kent.”
Susan adds, “We’re also supporting local employment and economic growth in the county so please keep separating your food waste from general waste.”
10 of Kent’s 12 districts already collect food waste separately and the Government’s Environment Bill will require all councils to do so by 2023.