One of the leaders in the fight against food waste is the UK
supermarket chain, Sainsbury. This week the company announced that it
is directly powering one of its stores using its own food waste. The
store, located in Cannock, Staffordshire, is sending all of its food
waste to a nearby anaerobic digester, which happens to be the largest
digester in the UK. Electricity produced by the plant is then sent
directly back to the store via a 1.5 km cable. This type of project
clearly illustrates the synergistic relationship between food waste
generators and anaerobic digestion. Let's hope this gains steam and
becomes the standard practice for all grocery stores.
Also, from the UK. This week British Parliament released a report
detailing a push for a "circular economy" focused on ending a throw away
society. The report also calls for a ban on food waste to landfills.
If these bans were to happen, the Sainsbury model could be adapted to
not only prevent food waste in landfill but generate energy while doing
Thanks to fellow BESTer Kathleen Pagan for sending me this article.
Have a great weekend,
Sainsbury's store powered by food waste
July 21, 2014
Call for end to 'throwaway society'
July 24, 2014