Council highlights transformation of food waste into electricity

Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council has joined forces with recycling and renewable energy firm, GENeco, to show the transformation of food waste into power in a video for residents.

It highlights how 10mn tonnes of food waste is processed every year in the UK, with 7mn tonnes of this waste coming from people’s homes. Once recycled, this produces enough energy to power 1mn households, the equivalent to the population of Birmingham. In Bath and North East Somerset, all food waste goes to a depot in Keynsham for the first stage of its processing, before then moving to GENeco’s state-of-the-art digestion facility in Avonmouth. GENeco’s process sees the energy produced power its own Avonmouth plant, as well as much of the resulting renewable energy feeding back into the grid to power 7,000 homes in the region.

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, explained that although residents were recycling “more than ever” and over 500 tonnes of food waste had been collected from homes each month, myths remained over food waste and whether it was really put to good use. Wood said: “We encourage people to compost at home but if this is not possible, to use their food waste bins instead of throwing compostable material into their black bins – it could end up powering their homes. If every home in our district recycled its food, it would create enough electricity to power 1140 homes for a year.”

B&NES Council