10 Mar 2009 05:03:10
Spoiled meat makes low carbon energy
Meat that has passed its sell by date is being used as fuel in renewable energy plants.
The spoiled meat from Tesco's UK stores is being diverted from going to landfill and is also generating enough energy to provide electricity to 600 UK homes.
Over 5,000 tonnes of unsold meat are collected in weekly instalments from Tesco regional recycling stations, part of the supermarket chain's business plan to divert 95 per cent of its waste from landfill.
It is then taken by the PDM group, which uses the meat to generate energy.
Sion Stanfield, head of waste & recycling at Tesco, 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."
Early this year, PDM also secured a contract from Sainsbury's to recycle food waste from all its stores in Scotland a total of 42 tonnes of waste per week.http://www.pdm-group.co.uk/news/2009_03_03.html