Food waste to be converted into energy
A NEW recycling deal will see food waste from homes in South Gloucestershire converted into renewable energy and organic fertiliser at a single site.
All food collected at the kerbside are being sent to an anaerobic digestion plant in Oxfordshire to be broken down by bacteria into useful gases and organic materials.
The long-term arrangement with operator Agrivert, brokered by the council's waste collection contractor Sita UK, will see about 6,000 tonnes of food waste processed each year – equivalent to the weight of rubbish carried in 600 full refuse lorries.
Agrivert manager Harry Waters said the company would expect to capture two million kilowatt hours of renewable energy from that amount of food waste every year.
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He said: "That is enough to power more than 400 family homes and produce organic fertiliser which will be used by farmers to grow food on more than 700 acres of land. Moreover, we capture a million cubic metres of methane that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere."
Mr Waters said methane was 23 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide, giving a big environmental benefit.
Anaerobic digestion sees organic material broken down by bacteria in the absence of oxygen producing methane.