Waste management firm Viridor has begun a government-backed trial to use resources including carbons dioxide emissions (CO2) harvested from landfill, to plough back into the land as a fertiliser.
The project, with Oxfordshire-based CCm Research, is being undertaken at Viridorâ€™s anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Walpole – which treats food waste collected from households – and â€œaims to add value and create new markets for the waste resources available at the facility.â€
According to Viridor, CCm Researchâ€™s technology activates value in waste and energy resources by reducing carbon intensity and utilising waste streams in the manufacture of compound fertiliser.
The company said the trial follows a successful initial project conducted over two years at Viridorâ€™s Ardley landfill site.
Minister of State for climate change and industry, Claire Perry said: â€œThe UK is ranked the third best country in the world at tackling climate change partly because we have a great track record of investing in energy innovation to support the UKâ€™s transition to a low carbon economy.
â€œIâ€™m really excited that we have used funds from the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to support this innovative project â€“ to use waste resources and CO2 to reduce the cost and carbon footprint of fertiliser production. Projects like this can help us meet our climate change targets and drive clean economic growth.â€