Leading waste services Biffa have launched a giant anaerobic digestion plant that will produce enough renewable energy to power 6000 homes.
Using 120,000 tonnes of food waste from homes and businesses, the £24m plant, is one of many that has come online this year.
Speaking at the plant launch, Biffa chief executive Ian Wakelin said: “This is the future of waste. It is taking food that could once only be sent to landfill and turning it into something of value on a truly industrial scale. It is a key milestone in society’s drive to reduce waste, cut emissions and recover the inherent value in our waste.”
Food waste usually goes to landfill where it releases greenhouse gases as it decomposes. AD plants not only capture these harmful gases but can harness energy from them.
Every year the UK throws away around 15 million tonnes of food waste.