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CorrBoard UK gets the green light for a very green project

A state-of-the-art anaerobic digester at CorrBoard UK's corrugated sheet board plant will generate enough electricity annually to supply 1,000 homes and enough heat for 500 – all from materials which might normally end up in landfill.

CorrBoard UK is Europe’s first consortium-owned manufacturer of corrugated and is the group behind the CorrBoard UK Alliance - nine companies offering a new packaging solution for companies needing to deliver complex packaging around the UK and/or Ireland.

It has received planning consent to build a 500kw anaerobic digester (AD) plant at its site in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, and aims to start construction on the £3.5 million project later this year.

The AD plant will consume 25,000 tonnes of organic waste per annum, supplied by local food processors, waste management operators and agricultural industries. These ‘feedstock’ suppliers have been identified and discussions are under way to finalise supply contracts. Ordinarily, this material would end up in landfill or be processed into other products. The by-product of the AD plant is digestate, a highly nutritious organic fertiliser that can then be sold to agricultural industries.

Additionally, a large proportion of the gas produced by the AD plant will be used to fire the corrugator’s boiler and the residual heat from its activity will be used to provide warmth in the winter months as well as pre-heating water fed to the boiler, further reducing the gas consumption of the corrugating process.

The modular design of the AD plant will allow output capacity to be increased as production increases.

Board member Tim Gray commented: “The project is in line with our strategic goal to become the UK’s most environmentally sound and efficient producer of corrugated sheet board. Given our corrugator already operates using 40% less energy than older installations we believe that, with the addition of the AD plant, our carbon footprint and environmental credentials will be a major attraction for customers.”

In addition, CorrBoard has pioneered palletless board deliveries to its partners, eliminating the need to sort, recycle, return or scrap the damaged pallets normally associated with sheet feeding. Eliminating the need for pallets also increases load fill, with a corresponding proportional reduction in transport and carbon emissions.

It is anticipated that the AD plant will be operational in 2017. Phase one will create five jobs with an anticipated further 20 jobs generated by phase two.