100 % of all food waste collected by Eco Food Recycling is now being received at the AD ( anaerobic digestion ) plant at Piddlehinton nr Dorchester. This purpose built recycling plant creates renewable energy from the methane gas that is produced by food waste and is the first plant of its kind in the South of England.
Our aim at Eco Food Recycling is to ensure all food waste we collect is processed to the highest standards and is 100% recycled. We provide a door to door collection service throughout the entire South Central region with dedicated route runs on our own fleet of vehicles covering Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Sussex. In partnership with “ECO Sustainable Solutions” this process occurs at ECO Sustainable Solutions’ purpose built £multimullion AD facility in Dorset and is governed by strict EU guidelines.
ECO Sustainable Solutions is a a Founder member of The Association for Organics Recycling and a member of BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries), CIWM (Chartered Institute of Waste Management), and the Turf Growers Association.
Collection & Processing
Commercial food waste is collected predominantly in 240 Ltr bins and free liners are provided to ensure the bins remain clean and fresh on your premises. These bins are then collected by our purpose built top loader vehicles on a regular basis (frequency and quantity of bins will vary client to client) and transported to ECO’s facility to be 100% recycled.
ECO Sustainable Solutions “History”
Company Mission Statement
To provide our customers and the local community with efficient, sustainable resource management by encouraging staff development, continuously enhancing product quality and exceeding the highest standards of service and supply demanded by our stakeholders.
The ECO story began in 1993 when Managing Director Trelawney Dampney identified the potential in composting landscaper’s waste on his land in Parley, Dorset and selling the end product.
From small beginnings the company has experienced rapid growth as the environmental and social demand for sustainable resource management has increased. The company’s flair for trail blazing, innovation and marketing has kept it at the front of a burgeoning industry and it takes this responsibility very seriously.
ECO now owns and operates the UK’s leading purpose-built site for organics recycling. Not surprisingly Eco is leading in the way it manufactures a range of products from a number of sustainable sources of green waste.
Anaerobic digestion is a treatment process which harnesses natural bacteria to produce biogas and a residue known as digestate, from waste biodegradable materials, such as agricultural manure and slurry, food waste and sewage sludge. As a result of this process the by-products can be used to produce energy and fuels.
ECO Sustainable Solutions own and operate a new £5.5 million state of the art AD (Anaerobic Digester) Plant in Piddle Hinton near Dorchester.
The AD plant is on on land previously used for pig units. It takes in up to 20,000 tonnes of pig slurry and 45,000 tonnes of organic waste, such as food scraps, annually and uses this to create methane gas. The gas is then used to generate up to 1500KW of electricity for supply to the national grid. The solid and liquid waste, both end products of the process, is used as fertiliser and soil improver on local farms.
Trelawney Dampney, Eco’s Managing Director said the new plant helps Dorset County Council achieve its waste reduction aims as well as contribute significantly to the UK’s renewable energy targets.
“We have to find an alternative fuel to oil. Generating energy from food waste is the most economically and environmentally sustainable way of doing it.”
By converting the food waste we collect into renewable energy we can proudly boast a ZERO LANDFILL solution, something we are very proud of. Commercial food waste and general waste has long been dumped in landfill sites as this was the most convenient and only solution available. This however has had a dramatic effect on our climate and has seen a huge increase in the amount of greenhouse gasses produced. Nearly 32% of methane emissions are produced from landfill sites throughout the country a gas which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
With landfill taxes (introduced in 1996) rising on average 32% per year cheaper and more sustainable environmental solutions are at hand i.e Anaerobic Digestion. In 2007 local Government Officials estimated that room for landfill will run out in 10-15 years time hence the need to find alternatives urgently.
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