FOOD waste from across North Wales is now being used to produce electricity. A new anaerobic digestion plant which will be run solely on food waste collected from the local area has opened in Waem near St Asaph. A predicted total of 22,500 tonnes of food waste, from across Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire will be processed each year, and converted into enough electricity to power 2,000 homes. The scheme is the largest of its kind in the country and is leading the way in recycling food waste and helping Wales to make a significant contribution to the UK meeting its target of 20% of energy demand through renewables by 2020. A similar plant near Caernarfon has processed half a million tons of waste since 2006, the opening of this plant takes the total amount of food waste processed in Wales to approximately 34,000 tonnes per year. A third plant is due to begin operations in Rhondda Cynon Taff in South Wales next year.
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