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Waste food to provide electricity for Wales

Waste food could be providing electricity for your home

Chefs worried about where the leftovers go after cooking adventurous recipes may be interested in plans to use waste food to generate electricity.

The Welsh government has launched a programme that aims to enable local authorities to recycle food into power.

Organic waste specialist TEG Environmental, and Alkaline Energy won a joint bid to build the first anaerobic digestion plant to contribute to the plans.

It is hoped that the plant will provide power for around 2,000 homes as well as sustaining its own energy requirements.

A minimum of 11,000 tonnes of surplus food will be processed every year and a collection service launched over summer in preparation for the scheme.

"There is compelling evidence that anaerobic digestion is the best solution for treating unavoidable food waste," said John Griffiths, the environment minister.

Emma Marsh of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign recently noted that more food is currently produced than ever before and attributed this to lack of awareness regarding the negative impacts of doing so.

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