Retail giant Tesco has teamed up with food recycling service PDM Group to turn its meat waste into heat and electricity.
PDM will take 5,000 tonnes of out-of-date meat from Tesco per week to recycle at one of its biomass-to-energy plants. PDM collects meat waste from Tescos 11 regional recycling service units.
Tesco head of waste and recycling Sion Stanfield said: As renewable energy technologies now become mainstream, there is no excuse for sending waste to landfill that could actually be put to positive use. Working with PDM provides Tesco with a nationwide solution that operates across all our stores and allows us to fulfil our environmental objectives by maximising our resources to reduce our carbon footprint.
In January PDM signed a contract with Sainsburys to recycle all of its food waste (see MRW story).
PDM commercial director Philip Simpson said: Diverting waste from landfill has become a principal objective for leading retailers and generating renewable energy from a resource that used to end up in landfill is extremely positive. Increasing the UKs renewable energy capacity is an important Government objective and the fact that out-of-date food can be used to power customers homes is a very powerful environmental message and one that is going to win hearts with an increasingly environmentally-conscious customer base.