Studies reveal that the UK food industry wastes 1.9 million tonnes of food each year and City Centres are a huge contributor to this, with enormous amounts of food waste being produced from cafés, restaurants and hotels every day. All food waste needs to be managed but the traditional way, landfill is no longer sustainable. Not only is landfill bad for our climate, but the cost of sending waste to landfill is at an all-time high, tax charges on waste management are ever-growing, currently at £88.95 per tonne and the transportation of the waste increases the cost even more but most importantly, the carbon footprint of the waste.
According to fareshare.co.uk, out of the 1.9 million tonnes of food that goes to waste each year, 1.65 million tonnes of it is considered inedible… Peelings and skins, bones and fats, oils and fresh food mistakenly left to rot, that stuff is never going to be on the menu, but it’s still valuable. Inedible waste can be turned into renewable energy so it is extremely important that we put it to good use.
Introducing the Electrogreen project…
The Electrogreen project will involve several Anaerobic Digesters being placed around Newcastle City Centre. A zero-emissions delivery company will collect inedible waste from cafés, restaurants and hotels and deliver the waste to one of our Electrogreen Anaerobic Digesters, where the food waste will be converted into methane gas and liquid fertiliser. The gas will then be fed into a biogas electricity generator which produces clean energy and fed back to the National Grid. The liquid fertiliser will be sold to local farms, produce growers and horticulture organisations. All profits from the electricity and fertiliser will be donated back into the community.
The Electrogreen project is looking to fund this first anaerobic digestor pilot project in Newcastle upon Tyne. This project will lead the way for many similar projects around the UK and beyond.
All project costs are segregated into various critical project demands, including:
- Site Preliminaries
- Waste Collection Plan
- Initial Project Setup Costs
- Anaerobic Digestor Unit Purchase
- Delivery to Site
- Installation on Site
- Staff Costs
- PR Services
- Social Media Marketing
- Legal + Insurance
THE BOTTOM LINE
One Electro Anaerobic Digester will produce enough electricity to power 144 average size homes for one year and produce 910 tonnes of liquid fertiliser per annum.
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