07 Sep '11, 1pm

UK restaurants throw away 400,000 tonnes of #food each year, research reveals

There was a time most restaurants would keep 'pig-bins' & the waste would go to feed pigs. But that was stopped due to EU regs. Of course reductions are the first step, however after reductions (perhaps getting it down to one double-decker a year), then there needs to be another process for making use of this food waste. Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is the obvious place for this food waste to end up. AD produces & captures methane gas. Methane which would normally end up in the atmosphere. Methane is 21 times more of a Greenhouse Gas than co2 & so by 'carbon capturing' it & then using it to generate 'local' electricity & hot water in Combined Heat & Power (CHP) engines, we would actually be doing 'good' for the environment rather than just 'less-bad'. Furthermore the 'digestate' end product after the methane has been extracted, is a 'Fertiliser' which is better than chemical f...

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