Producer of convenience food, Greencore, will soon see its food and packaging waste turned into fuel.
The company is the first food manufacturer to take up capacity in a series of food waste-to-energy plants that are due to start operating in the UK next year.
Technology provided by Inetec will convert the food and packaging waste into a biofuel. This will be converted into gas, and then into renewable electricity for the national grid.
It is estimated that Greencore’s food waste and food-contaminated packaging will generate enough electricity for 15,000 homes.
Greencore group chief operating officer Tony Hynes said: “Over recent years we have re-doubled our efforts to reduce overall waste and recycle materials wherever possible. However, this is an enormously exciting opportunity to transform the way that other difficult food wastes are handled.”
The project, which represents a significant increase in the market capacity for food-waste disposal, has attracted about £60 million of investment to build Phase 1 – the first four processing facilities. These facilities are expected to divert about 400 tonnes of food waste a day from landfill, and a similar volume of food-contaminated packaging.