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Organic Recycling Limited (ORL) has received planning permission to extend its current recycling operations to include anaerobic digestion and a biomass boiler. The £14 million project follows a successful planning application in 2007 to build an in-vessel composting facility and a dry recycling transfer station at our recycling site in Crowland.

Our process will produce enough electricity from a renewable resource to power over 1,400 homes

The addition of this new technology at the site will give companies in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire a unique opportunity to dispose of a variety of wastes at one location. Reducing the number of journeys needed to dispose of waste will help to reduce their costs, improving their competitiveness and lowering their carbon footprint.

Anaerobic digestion is a way of converting the waste into non-peat based compost as well as producing electricity. When operating at its planned capacity our process will produce enough electricity from a renewable resource to power over 1,400 homes.

A plant saving an equivalent of 28,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year will have the same impact on the nation's carbon footprint as taking 11,000 cars off the road.

The simple yet robust process takes place in sealed, airtight tunnels. Methane is naturally produced as the organic waste breaks down. The gas is then extracted from the tunnels and converted into electricity in a combined heat and power (CHP) unit.

Organic Recycling LtdThe heat and CO2 produced by the CHP unit will be used in glasshouses adjacent to the plant. The heat will allow crops to be produced throughout the year and the CO2 will be absorbed by the growing plants, returning to nature the resources created by the breakdown of the waste materials which fuel the whole process.

The biomass boiler will generate additional heat for use in the glasshouses from a variety of wood and biomass wastes. Some of these will be the ‘left-over’ waste materials from the anaerobic digestion process – the ‘woody’ and other elements which take too long to break down into compost. Other fuels for the biomass boiler will be organic waste which is not suitable for composting.

ORL’s partners have considerable experience in building and operating these technologies both in the UK and in Europe. They will bring these skills to the business in a joint venture operation.

The project will create further jobs in the area, bringing the total number employed at ORL’s ‘Energy and Recycling Park’ to around 30 and will divert up to 150,000 tonnes of material each year from going to landfill.