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UK borough’s food waste scheme hailed a success

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Recycled food waste collected from households in Welwyn Hatfield, UK, has generated enough electricity to power 62 homes for a year since the service was introduced in November 2020.

At the beginning of February, 565 tonnes of residents’ food waste had been collected, it was then generated into biogas and electricity, enough to power: 62 homes for a year; or boil 2,640,810 kettles, or watch 5,281,620 hours of television, or run 880 fridge freezers for a year.

Councillor Stephen Boulton, executive member of environment and planning, said: “A very big thank you to everyone across the borough who has been using their little green caddies to recycle their food waste.

“In just three months, it is great to see what a difference you are already making to the environment, generating renewable energy to power our communities and providing fertiliser for local farmland.

“As we continue to look at ways we can improve our recycling rate and reduce waste in Welwyn Hatfield, we hope to be able to extend the food waste collection service to flats in the future.”