Click on the myths to debunk them:

Anaerobic digestion is just for big companies who want to improve their reputation.

Anaerobic digestion machines reduce job opportunities.

Anaerobic digestion is dangerous and messy.

Anaerobic digestion creates increased traffic and disruption in local communities.

Anaerobic digestion is smelly.

MYTH: Anaerobic digestion is just for big companies who want to improve their reputation.

Anaerobic digestion is great for businesses of all sizes that produce organic waste. It may seem like it’s more popular with big companies, but that’s only because they tend to shout about their green practices more!

Over half of the feedstock providers we work with are small local businesses and farmers. Anaerobic digestion is not just a rich person’s play thing, it’s a real way to sustainably create value out of waste. For many farmers, AD is especially useful as our digestate bi-product makes great fertilizer and the biogas helps fuel their farms.

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MYTH: Anaerobic digestion machines reduce job opportunities.

Anaerobic digestion actually increases the demand for jobs. While machinery does the bulk of the digesting work, the whole operation requires a hardworking, meticulous team to check the machines are running as they should be. On top of this, AD boosts a range of other jobs, such as managing feedstock production, fertiliser, and maintenance.

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MYTH: Anaerobic digestion sites are dangerous and messy.

We aren’t too sure where this myth came from, as all the AD sites we’ve seen are safe – and very clean! Having clean, tidy and safe working conditions for our team means we are able to operate even more efficiently.

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MYTH: Anaerobic digestion creates increased traffic and disruption in local communities.

This is the most common misconception about AD. AD plants are often situated on agricultural land, as this is the most beneficial location for our feedstock providers who tend to be farmers and small, rural businesses. This helps cut travel costs and allows farmers to make profit from their waste.

Prior to AD plants, farmers had to remove their waste, (often via large lorries or tractors), to a landfill or similar facility that could be miles away. Instead, AD diverts the waste to a different place, which is usually just a short trip down the road.

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MYTH: Anaerobic digestion is smelly.

Some of the feedstocks that fuel a digester can produce a bit of a stink (such as manure and chicken litter), but these smells aren’t permanent. Plants want to turn their feedstock into green gas as quickly and efficiently as possible, so the feedstock isn’t around for long. This also means that the smell rarely spreads beyond the plant. In fact, one of our AD plants is situated directly next to a wedding venue and we haven’t had any complaints!

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