Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP recently visited Agrivert’s West London anaerobic digestion facility at Trumps Farm in Surrey.
The facility, which was a joint venture between Agrivert and Grundon Waste Management, is in Mr Hammond’s Parliamentary constituency of Runnymede and Weybridge. It was officially opened in June 2014 by Norman Grundon and since then the plant has been operating at full capacity. It treats 50,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum, which includes municipal and commercial food waste as well as a range of liquid wastes.
The site recently gained PAS 110 certification for its digestate fertiliser, meaning that all three of Agrivert’s AD plants are now certified. This is noteworthy because only 18 of the 106 food waste plants in the UK have managed to achieve and maintain PAS110 status.
The Foreign Secretary was met by Agrivert’s Commercial Director Harry Waters and Grundon managing director Clayton Sullivan-Webb, who took him on a tour of the facility. The plant recycles waste predominately from Surrey – including all of Runnymede’s food waste – and South London, and Mr Hammond was pleased to hear that so much local waste is being treated at the facility.
He was keen to understand the economics of the AD plant and how the subsidy regime incentivises the construction of plants like these. He said, “These facilities are required to recycle our waste and produce renewable energy. Anaerobic Digestion clearly has a part to play in meeting the UK’s renewable energy obligations whilst providing a cost effective recycling solution for organic wastes. This facility on the Trumps Farm site has been accepted by the local community as far less disruptive than the previously proposed incinerator.”
Harry Waters says, “We were delighted that Philip Hammond made time in his diary to visit the plant. It is important that politicians understand what our sector is contributing to the economy and the Foreign Secretary was remarkably well briefed and certainly asking the right questions.”
Clayton Sullivan-Webb says, “With the Government widely expected to ban the disposal of food waste from landfill in the future, the visit provided an opportunity for Mr Hammond to see first-hand the environmental and economic benefits that AD facilities such as Trumps Farm offer.”