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Full report: Janet Street-Porter opens recycling facility

An eight million pound factory which digests leftover food and turns it into energy has been officially opened.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, is the first of its kind in the region.

Among its supporters is television celebrity and recycling campaigner Janet Street-Porter, who was at the plant's official opening today.

Claire Montgomery reports.

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Janet Street-Porter opens biogas plant

Television celebrity and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has opened a new eight-million-pound plant which turns leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food from all over the North East and Cumbria.

Company spokesman Ian Bainbridge explains the process.

Pictures: Biogas plant opens in Newton Aycliffe

Celebrity journalist and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has officially opened a new £8million plant which will convert leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

Janet Street-Porter launches the biogas plant Credit: ITV

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food.

The Newton Aycliffe plant Credit: ITV
Converting waste to energy Credit: ITV

Celebrity launch for new biogas site in County Durham

Television celebrity and recycling campaigner, Janet Street-Porter, has officially opened a new £8million plant which will convert leftover food into heat, power and bio-fertiliser.

The Emerald Biogas site, in Newton Aycliffe, uses an anaerobic digestion process to convert commercial waste food.

Bacteria is added to the waste to break it down and generate methane gas. The remains are then turned into fertiliser, which is distributed to landowners and agricultural businesses within ten miles of the site, and energy to power 2,000 homes.

It estimates 800 tonnes of waste food are generated in the region each year. Schools, councils and local businesses are among those whose waste will end up at the facility.

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Teesside group turns waste into artwork

The artwork has been made out of recyclable materials Credit: Percy Middlesbrough

A group from Teesside are turning recyclable waste into art projects for children.

A local scout group visited the Percy Middlesbrough scrap-store - which makes material which would ordinarily have gone to landfill into art - to complete their Community Challenge and Creative Challenge awards today.

Scouts helped to clear out the centre's yard Credit: Percy Middlesbrough

The scouts helped cleared away rubbish from the Middlesbrough compound, and also used material donated by local businesses to create artwork.

The group make art projects out of rubbish Credit: Percy Middlesbrough
Clearing the compound Credit: Percy Middlesbrough

Recycling company MD says she's 'a woman on a mission'

Vicky Jackson-Smith
Vicky Jackson-Smith Credit: ITV

Vicky Jackson-Smith is Managing Director of J&B Recycling. She says she is on a mission to divert landfill by increasing the types and levels of waste that can be recycled.

Recycling site
Recycling site Credit: ITV

Vicky is Responsible for 100,000 tonnes of waste a year for an estimated 4,000 public and private sector clients from Fife to Essex. J&B will create 200 new jobs on Teesside as part of a new recycling plant development.**

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