Tesco turns meat to power

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced plans to turn all of its waste meat products into energy with food recycling service PDM Group.

Tesco will work with PDM to divert its out-of-date meat from landfills and, instead, use it in biomass-energy plants to generate renewable energy. The energy created will then be sold to the National Grid or used in PDM plants.

Sion Stanfield, Tesco head of waste and recycling, said: "As renewable energy technologies now become mainstream, there is no excuse for sending waste to landfill that could actually be put to positive use.

"Working with PDM provides Tesco with a nationwide solution that operates across all our stores and allows us to fulfil our environmental objectives by maximising our resources to reduce our carbon footprint."

It is thought that 5,000t of out-of-date meat could generate enough green energy to power more than 600 homes for a year. Tesco aims to divert 95% of its waste from landfills by the end of this year.

PDM commercial director Philip Simpson added: "Diverting waste from landfill has become a principal objective for leading retailers and generating renewable energy from a resource that used to end up in landfill is extremely positive.

"Increasing the UK's renewable energy capacity is an important Government objective and the fact that out-of-date food can be used to power customers' homes is a very powerful environmental message and one that is going to win hearts with an increasingly environmentally-conscious customer base."

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