Up to four million litres of vehicle fuel could be generated from food waste in Teesside, research has revealed.
A study conducted by WSP Environmental and commissioned by Renew, an organisation which helps to deliver commercial energy and environmental technology projects across north-east England, investigated the feasibility of using food waste from households and the commercial sector in Hartlepool, Middlesborough and Stockton to provide feedstock for a 30,000-tonne anaerobic digestion (AD) facility. This could then be used to produce biomethane to fuel council vehicles.
According to the research, a 30,000-tonne a year AD facility could generate 4.25 million cu m of biomethane, which equates to 4.25 million litres of diesel or petrol. Currently, Hartlepool, Middlesborough and Stockton consume two million litres of diesel between them.
Stockton Borough Council built and natural environment manager Mike Chicken said: “We welcome the opportunity to explore alternative ways to utilise waste as a resource and achieve some positive environmental benefits from what is perceived as a problem.”
The study was funded by the North East Regional Improvement and Efficiency Programme and managed by Renew.