Tim Hill (C.Eng., M.I.Mech E) has produced a briefing paper on anaerobic digestion (AD) for use by waste campaigners.
This briefing is intended to assist waste campaigners in mounting confident, robust, professional and effective campaigns that persuade Local Authorities (LAs) to adopt forward looking, sustainable, waste management strategies, in line with the Waste Hierarchy, that:
• Reduce consumption, maximising reuse, and then recycling.
• Change patterns of consumption and reduction so as to minimise residual waste through high recycling and the gradual withdrawal of materials that cannot be reused, recycled or composted; and
• Pass biowaste that cannot be reused or recycled, through recovery processes that are sustainable in the carbon balance (climate change) context, and are otherwise non-polluting.
An 8-page version of the Anaerobic Digestion Briefing, revised in May 2010, is available to download from UKWIN_AD_Briefing_Revised_May_2010.pdf [PDF]
The original 7-page version of the Anaerobic Digestion Briefing is available to download from UKWIN_AD_Briefing_December_2009.pdf [PDF]
The accompanying Appendices are available from:
Appendix A: AD and Biogas – The Chemical Process [PDF]
The AD briefing should be read in conjunction with Friends of the Earth’s September 2007 briefing, entitled ‘Anaerobic Digestion’