York Residents Against Incineration

Plans for an anaerobic digester have been submitted for Selby. The plant, on the former citric acid factory, will compost food waste in closed vessels and burn the resulting gas to generate electricity for sale to the grid.

This is the right way to do energy from waste. Why? Because it’s on a brownfield site, near to a population centre where the waste will be generated, and, most crucially, the fuel will actually be renewable. Vegetable matter is essentially locked-up sunlight plus mineral nutrients, much of which will be retained in a fertiliser that will be a by-product of the plant.

Many of the gases given off during decompostition have far worse greenhouse effects than carbon dioxide – so capturing and burning these is making a positive contribution to climate change.

Read the full article in the Selby Times.

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