Friday, 23 January 2015 11:27

Wanted - ways to reduce bio-waste digestate to land and increase its value

Aqua Enviro has won a prestigious WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland contract to identify ways to increase the value of digestate.

Aqua Enviro, a specialist environmental consultancy based in Wakefield in northern England, is undertaking research, supported by Eunomia, to discover new technologies which add value to bio-waste and digestate, ultimately helping to reduce the worldwide reliance on fossil fuels.

Aqua Enviro pollution solutions1Aqua Enviro have now asked for applicants worldwide to submit details via iVeridis, a global software sourcing company. Applicants should have a novel new technology idea which they believe could help the anaerobic digestion process.

Matthew Smyth, Operations Director at Aqua Enviro, said: "Recycling digestate to land is an excellent option for resource recovery. But what happens in a future land bank constrained environment? We're over reliant on this route and it is challenging for operators to break even.

"As an industry we need to develop solutions that have the potential to reduce the volume of digestate going to land and/or add value.

"We're delighted to be working with WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland on this forward-thinking project."

Anaerobic digestion is a key technology for recycling bio-waste in the UK. It involves microorganisms breaking down organic matter without oxygen, frequently to produce biogas.

The new funding and development offered by WRAP 'A world without waste' and Zero Waste Scotland - and recommended by Aqua Enviro -  will look at the possibility of producing new products such as bio-products or chemicals through manipulation of the anaerobic digestion process. These could then be potentially used to help develop a bio-economy less reliant on fossil fuels.

The results compiled by Aqua Enviro will inform future funding plans for WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland and aims to help create sustainable greener energy for future generations.

For more information or to register your interest please visit or contact Business Development Manager Matthew Smyth on 01924 242 255 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.