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Edinburgh City Council Midlothian

Recycling Edinburgh and Midlothian's food waste

Alauna Renewable Energy Ltd (ARE) will design, finance, construct and operate a state-of-the-art facility for recycling food waste collected by the City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils after being appointed as preferred bidder for the contract.

Construction began in 2014 and it is expected that the facility will be up and running by the end of 2015

ARE food facility webThe facility (artist's impression is pictured) will be located at the Project Site near Millerhill in Midlothian. It will provide a secure, long-term solution for treating food waste collected by the Partner Councils at a competitive price and help achieve higher recycling rates, in line with national targets set out in the Scottish Government's Zero Waste Plan.

Benefits of the facility:

Treating food waste

The process to recycle food waste is called Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and will be supplied by leading technology provider Biogen. It is a fully enclosed, accelerated composting process which also captures methane gas and uses it to generate renewable electricity. The composted material is used as an agricultural soil improver and fertiliser in crop production.

Biogen food waste treatment process