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City's waste treatment centre gets power plant

Yorkshire Water is to create a state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion plant at its waste water treatment works in Sheffield, according to the Yorkshire Post.

When complete, the £23.3m facility will use sludge to generate up to 1.9 megawatts of renewable electricity, enough to power the equivalent of 85,000 domestic fridges.

The green energy will fuel the treatment of domestic and industrial waste from a population of 830,000 people.

Richard Flint, chief executive, said the company views its sewage works sites as places to generate energy rather than simply deal with waste.

“Being able to generate our own electricity from our own renewable sources allows us to take another step forward in the direction of environmental responsibility,” he told the Yorkshire Post.

Yorkshire Water estimates that the plant at Blackburn Meadows will reduce its carbon emissions by the equivalent of 6,500 tonnes, while greenhouse gases will be cut by nearly 30 per cent.

It will also increase the company’s recovery and recycling of phosphorus, which currently ends up in landfill.

“It’s good news from our perspective, but also for customers and the environment,” said a company spokesman.