‘Breakthrough’ in dry anaerobic digestion as England’s first plants slated for development


The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Waste and Recycling Committee has approved the development of the England’s first dry anaerobic digestion (AD) plants as part of its Biowaste Management Strategy.

To be submitted to the GMCA for full approval, the plan was labelled a ‘fantastic breakthrough’ for the industry by Charlotte Morton OBE, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

She explained that dry AD facilitates the treatment of garden waste in addition to food waste, and transforms these wastes into green gas, biofertilisers and bio carbon dioxide (bioCO2) for use in a range of industries.

Also known as High Solids AD, dry AD differs from wet AD due to the higher solid content of feedstocks. Wet AD facilities treat liquid feedstocks typically containing less than 15% solids, such as sewage, manure and wastewater.

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