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Compost lights up homes?

PUBLISHED: 16:45 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010

PLANS have been announced for a state-the-art facility that turns garden and food waste into compost and electricity.

PLANS have been announced for a state-the-art facility that turns garden and food waste into compost and electricity.

TJ Composting, which already already runs a composting operation in Bromley, wants to build the 46,000-tonne-a-year anaerobic digestion centre on its existing site in Cookham Lane.

The proposal, which has been submitted to the council, states that the facility will receive garden and food waste from Bromley and the surrounding boroughs, turning the material into compost for nearby farms and generating power for the national grid.

Charlie Trousdell, managing director of TJ Composting, said: "This new facility, if built, would be sealed. It will also create enough electricity to power 2,000 homes."

Bromley council currently sends food waste some 50 miles away to be composted at a facility in Kent.

Currently, about 12,000 tonnes of Bromley's green garden waste is processed at the site.

Under the plans submitted by TJ composting, food waste will be processed at the Bromley site and the compost produced would be used by nearby farmers and gardeners.

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