Gloucestershire-based food waste recycler Andigestion is celebrating after achieving a record 100,000 wheelie bin lifts in the last 12 months. The company’s ‘one for one’ food waste wheelie bin collection service is used by a wide range of customers in foodservice, education and food manufacturing across Gloucestershire and the South West. Each time a full bin is collected for recycling, it is replaced by a fresh, sanitised one.
“We’re delighted to have hit the 100,000 mark as it demonstrates an ever-growing commitment by businesses to dispose of their food waste in a clean, green and cost-effective way,” said Mike Lowe, operations director.
Once the bins are collected, the food waste is taken to Andigestion’s anaerobic digestion (AD) recycling plant at Bishops Cleeve near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, or to the company’s other site in Holslworthy, Devon. Using the AD process, the Bishops Cleeve site recycles up to 34,000 tonnes of food waste a year and through the production of biomethane which is fed into the national grid, contributes enough energy for around 10,000 homes a year.
Andigestion Ltd is part of the Summerleaze Group, a leading investor and innovator in the renewable energy sector which is based in Maidenhead.
Founded in 1928, Summerleaze is a privately-owned company, whose origins are in the field of mineral extraction. The company has diversified substantially since then, into fields such as waste management and renewable energy. Operating as a small, dedicated team, we aim to innovate to make the most of under-valued resources. We back ideas that we believe have a strong future on the basis of long-term fundamentals.
Andigestion was established in 2004 to develop and commercialise anaerobic digestion as a viable waste-treatment technology. The company began by steadily converting the Holsworthy site to process food waste instead of farm slurries and we subsequently developed the Cambridge research plant. The growth of the AD sector and the company’s continued success means that a new facility in Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire opened its doors in 2015 this time supplying biomethane into the local gas grid.