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AD vs IVC Trend Report 2019

August 2019

Since 2009, the number of facilities permitted to treat food waste contaminated with animal by-products by Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and In-Vessel Composting (IVC) has been captured on a periodic basis. Initially driven by the simple curiosity of wondering how the overt central support for AD as 'technology of choise' would impact on the pre-existing IVC sector, the tracker now reveals regional trends through graphs and maps.

The map below shows operational capacity of both AD (or biogas) and IVC across the UK, revealing areas where IVC still has a presence.

As the incentivised AD sector has expanded, the IVC facilities have found themselves squeezed; limited food waste is having to feed more hungry facilities, and the AD companies are newer & shinier as well as offering a recycling solution which is higher up the waste hierarchy. The consequence had been an evident slide in IVC capacity and a rampant increase in AD appetite (see chart below). Interestingly, though, at the half-way point of 2019, there is a suggestion (only a suggestion, mind!) that things may be on the turn. The UK Government, whose intellectual bandwith has been entirely occupied with Brexit since 2016, has neglected any ambitions of being a champion of environmental technologies. Thus, straightforward commercial viability becomes an increasing factor. The year-end charts will give more clues as to future direction.

A 27-page report has been produced by Footprint Services, giving national and regional breakdown of the sites, their capacities and locations, as well as the trended information since 2009. The report is available for only £50 - see below for contents.

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