10. May 2024 Meghan Sapp

Bio Capital Group acquires Scotish food waste transfer station to boost AD feedstock supplies

In the UK, Bio Capital Group, the UK’s leading commercial energy from food waste producer, has added a fourth asset to its portfolio in Scotland. The newly acquired Linwood food waste transfer station will significantly improve Bio Capital’s ability to process feedstock for its regional Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities. The company provides a treatment service for food waste from its local partners including local councils, food manufacturers and retail chains. 

Located in Paisley, Scotland, the Linwood site has been acquired from Keenan (Recycling) Limited and has the licensed capability to process 13,200 tons of food waste per annum. The site will divert food waste from landfill and provide a feedstock for Bio Capital’s Barkip and Energen AD sites.

Transfer stations process feedstock, enabling continual supply to the AD sites, which in turn allows for the stable production of biogas which is used to generate renewable electricity for supply to the local grid, or further processed to biomethane which can be directly injected into the local gas grid, decarbonising the grid. Linwood is strategically located 8 miles from Barkip and 27 miles from Energen, making low mileage transfers possible, reducing the cost and emissions of transportation and further improving the efficiency of the AD process.

Bio Capital works with partners such as local authorities, food manufacturers and retail chains to reduce their carbon emissions by diverting their food waste from landfill and transforming it into biogas and electricity.

The Linwood transfer station facility has the capability to divert 13,200 tons of food waste from landfill per annum equating to a CO2 saving of 11,554 tons. This is the CO2 savings equivalent of taking over 6,800 cars off the roads for a year.

The Barkip and Energen sites produce and supply renewable electricity and gas all year round, providing a consistent and reliable local energy source supplied directly to the national grid. A by-product of AD is biofertiliser and the Barkip and Energen sites combined, produce 170,000 tons of biofertiliser for local farms.