UK hotel and restaurant chain Whitbread is to roll out a food waste recycling service for all of its 300 hotels and restaurants.
Working with Veolia Environmental Services, Whitbread will arrange collection of food waste from all its outlets such as Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre, by the end of this year.
The food waste will then be processed in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants operated by Biogen Greenfinch and turned into energy.
Veolia chief operating officer Tom Spaul said: “Food waste is a valuable resource and can be diverted from landfill to help make a positive contribution to the environment and help the UK’s drive for increased renewable energy sources.”
Whitbread procurement manager Alexandra Glenn added: “One of our key targets is to achieve 80% of waste diverted from landfill from our hotels and restaurants by February 2012 and this will help us achieve that.”
The full roll-out of the scheme follows a six-month trial and comes after the coalition government pledged a “huge increase in energy from waste” through AD in its manifesto.