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Salmon waste-to-biogas facility wins environmental award

21 November 2019, at 9:24am

A facility that converts dead salmon into biogas has helped the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) win this year’s Scottish Environment Business VIBES award.

The project, which is run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Scottish Salmon Company, Pure Energy Centre and Community Energy Scotland ensured OHLEH, was recognised as a great example of local collaboration – one that could act as a blueprint for national best practice, not just in the salmon farming industry but across many other sectors.

The dead salmon are processed using a Landia pasteuriser
The dead salmon are processed using a Landia pasteuriser

Donnie Macmillan, plant manager at Stornoway’s Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), commented:

“This award is a huge achievement for such a strong and determined partnership that underlines our belief in seeing this progressive plant continuously improve - minimising, maximising and optimising the methods of managing waste”.

He added: “We must acknowledge the very professional team at Landia, whose equipment now enables us to integrate a 7-cubic tonne batch per shift of waste salmon with household food waste and garden waste for our AD process. This makes a very positive environmental and economic impact by not sending the waste salmon to landfill or having it transported off the island.”

 

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