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Renewable energy plant to be built

An £8 million deal to build a renewable energy plant in North Lanarkshire that could power 3,000 homes using food scraps has been announced.

Waste management group Shanks said it had signed a joint venture agreement with Scottish-based Energen Biogas for the Cumbernauld development, which is expected to be capable of processing 60,000 tonnes of organic waste every year.

Planning permission has already been granted for the plant, which would treat by-products from kitchens, supermarkets and food production. It is hoped that the plant will be in operation by next summer.

The plant, known as an anaerobic digester, would produce up to three megawatt hours of renewable electricity as well as a high quality fertiliser for use on agricultural land.

Shanks chief executive Tom Drury said: “This plant will provide producers of organic waste with a cost effective and sustainable alternative to landfill.”

The firm said the project was part of a Scottish Government initiative to minimise the amount of waste sent to landfill. It will also help local authorities increase their recycling rates.