15 May '11, 11pm

UK prepares for pasty-powered biofuels

Enough uneaten crisps, pies and sausage rolls "to fill a cruise ship" will be used to make biodiesel, thanks to a major new facility in Yorkshire designed to slash the amount of food waste being sent for landfill or composting. International fuel company Greenergy announced last week that it has spent £50m upgrading its facilities at Immingham to handle substantial quantities of waste food high in fat, such as crisps and pastries, which are more complicated to process than energy crops such as rapeseed. FURTHER READING Should supermarkets stock ugly fruit to reduce food waste? London throws £4m at latest waste-to-fuel plant The targeted waste foods contain between 25 per cent and 30 per cent oil and fat, which can be extracted and purified before being blended into diesel and supplied to petrol stations. The company said that any solids that remain after the biofuel proces...

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