Granville Ecopark (GECO) is an Enhanced Anaerobic Digestion Facility based in the centre of Northern Ireland. We are currently the market leaders in Ireland within the Anaerobic Digestion sector and are providing an unbeatable Circular Economy experience in the waste sector.
Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is widely used as a source of renewable energy. The process produces a biogas which can be used directly as fuel in combined heat and power gas engines; it also produces a nutrient-rich digestate which can be used as fertiliser.
Various statistics are quoted on the average amount of food wasted per household, but one statistic that stands out is that the UK throws away approximately one third of the food it buys, most of this waste ended up in landfill. However, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency have introduced new legislation which means from 1 April 2017 all businesses that generate more than 5kg of food waste must have a separate food waste collection. Food waste must not be put in the general waste and must be either composted or collected for repurpose such as Anaerobic Digestion.
By sending waste to Granville Ecopark, consumers/food producers can reduce their impact on the environment and may reduce the cost of disposing of their food waste, for example up until September 2017, the plant has diverted 130,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill, which is a CO2 saving of 70,000 tonnes.
We can treat up to 90,000 tons of biowaste per annum. The plant will have capacity to produce 64,000 MWh per annum, which is equivalent power for 13,900 thousand homes in Northern Ireland (UK average power consumption is 4,600 kWh per annum).