Leftover cornish pasties have been given a new lease of life by a fuel company which is using them to create a biodiesel.
The fuel is made from pies, crisps, sausage rolls and pastries that can’t be sold because they are misshapen, overcooked or past their sell by date.
A quarter of the waste food is made up of oil and fat, which is extracted and cleaned before Greenergy adds it in small amounts to their diesel.
Andrew Owens, Greenergy Chief Executive said: “The quantities of biodiesel that we’re currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we’re expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel. To put it into context, just one of [our] new facilities could handle enough waste pies or crisps to fill a cruise ship. With multiple plants, the potential for this kind of technology to reduce fuel emissions is considerable.”
Greenergy supplies one fifth of Britain’s road fuel, and their diesel is used across the country.