Off-roading racing championship to turn food waste into biogas

Waste and recycling expert Tidy Planet has partnered with Eco Sustainable Solutions to convert global off-roading racing championship Extreme E’s food waste into biogas at its upcoming Jurassic X Prix in Dorset, UK.

Extreme E takes electric off-road motorsport around the globe to some of the most remote locations. As part of its mission to promote sustainability and protect the planet, it is now turning its attention to the food waste generated at its race sites.

For the final leg of the racing voyage on 18-19 December, Tidy Planet will provide the Extreme E crew with food waste drying technology. This will remove moisture and sterilise the material, transforming it into a coffee granule-like powder, so it can be stored safely for months and transported without rotting or emitting odour.

The end-product will then be taken to a local organic waste processor Eco Sustainable Solutions’ anaerobic digestion plant, where it will be turned into biogas and converted into renewable energy.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be supporting Extreme E with its Dorset event,” said Tidy Planet’s sales manager Huw Crampton.

“We’re experienced in providing this kind of equipment to remote locations all over the world – from oilfields in Azerbaijan to luxury island resorts in the Maldives – we know that food waste is tricky to store and treat in such challenging environments, particularly those with high temperatures.

“Due to the lack of infrastructure to process it in such remote places, it’s better to have a product that you can store safely and wait until it’s possible to move all the material in bulk.”

Andy Welch, Extreme E’s utility manager, commented: “For the UK event, we have the ideal infrastructure close to the race, but when we travel abroad this isn’t always the case – meaning we can’t guarantee that the waste won’t end up in landfill. This is something we wanted to change. We know that if we bring the material back with us, we can ensure it isn’t landfilled, but we needed a way to help us hold on to over three weeks’ worth of food waste, hence the call to Tidy Planet.”

The Extreme E championship kicked off in Saudi Arabia in April with the Desert X Prix and has since travelled to Senegal (Ocean X Prix), Greenland (Arctic X Prix), and Italy (Enel X Island X Prix).

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