Fuel From Food Waste | Not a Joke

Greenergy, a firm based in Immingham is to take pasties, pies, crisps and other food waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill, to extract the oil they contain to blend with diesel to make a form of bio diesel.

The firm has invested £50m in its production facility to enable it to process used cooking oils and it is now able to make biodiesel from high fat solid foods such as pies, sausage rolls, pastry and crisps which are not fit for sale because they are mis-shapen, overcooked or past their sell-by date – a great way of helping to deal with food waste in this country.

These food products, which can contain between 25% and 30% oil and fat, are sourced from a variety of food manufacturers nationally. Other suitable foods include oil from fish frying containing high quantities of breadcrumbs.

Any food solids that remain are dried and either composted or used to produce energy through anaerobic digestion – making the conversion even more eco-friendly.

Part of the reason for the location at Immingham is the nearby port of Grimsby, which is one of the largest food processing centres in Europe.

The quantities of biodiesel currently being produced from solid food waste are small, but they are expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of their biodiesel production

I think it’s great to be taking these products, which would otherwise have gone to landfill or compost, and turning them into a new source of fuel.

-M. Germaine Parra
Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
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