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With the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) set to commence in April 2011, it is time to stop wasting valuable food waste, according to Clive Tayton, managing director of Bionova.

Tayton recommends that companies producing a minimum of 1,000 litres or food waste per week should use Bionova’s Biodigester system, which produces energy from food waste on site.

He said: ’A typical conversation I currently have with a caterer involves them telling me that they are not only sending their organic waste away, but that they are paying for it to be done so.

’There is no logic in giving it away, let alone paying someone else to remove a valuable product that you own,’ added Tayton.

He said that, when using a typical Bionova machine that processes 2,000 litres of organic waste per week, the RHI of GBP0.09/kWh could be worth around GBP7,200 per annum.

This figure is based on a 20kW boiler running at only half of its capacity.

According to Tayton, a Bionova system was recently installed at a hotel and country club in Warwickshire, where food and garden waste are now used to generate heat and hot water.

At the hotel, the company has already gone a stage further, installing a shredder onto the Biodigester, which allows soft cardboard and garden waste to be added to the process.

There is also a fuel pod, converting the kitchen’s waste cooking oil into biodiesel for the hotel’s onsite vehicles and mowers.

The RHI is designed so that eligible renewable heating technology will provide long-term, fixed payments based on the type of renewable heat installation.

It will apply to heat installations of all sizes and include heat generated from solid biomass, biogas and the injection of biomethane into the gas grid.

The RHI could see old oil-fired, gas or coal boilers reduced to a back-up system at best, according to Tayton.

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