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A load of rubbish

We can convert the food we bin into energy. But there’s a better, cheaper alternative

By Tristram Stuart   October 2009

Above: for every tonne of food waste, 110kg of carbon-dioxide emissions can be saved by turning it into 255kWh of electricity

When I arrived in the small town of Ludlow to visit western England’s pioneering anaerobic digestion plant, I knew I was in the right place from the whiff of bins. The smell came from a huge warehouse surrounded by 10-metre tall metal tanks. Heaped up in the loading bay were thousands of bags of decomposing food waste. A closer look provided an insight into the town’s eating habits: half-eaten bananas, cabbages and unopened loaves of bread.

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