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Food scraps could be the new energy source for homes in WA

A company in WA want to collect your food scraps and create energy for your homes... who are these saints?

A western Australia company wants to join forces with the local councils and introduce what they call "slop buckets" to collect food waste. The scraps will then be converted into energy through an "anaerobic digestion process" which releases biogas.

According to Perth Now, Jandakot-based Biogass Renewables general manager Joseph Oliver, said his company was already using the technology to power the Richgro Garden Products factory. The plant can process up to 140 tonnes of food waste per day.

Mr Oliver stated this technology could power as many as 3000 homes "tomorrow" if the council gave it permission to access the power grids.

Apparently there is an existing system similar to this in the UK, about 8 million households collect everything from meat bones and baked beans in a slop bucket. The scraps are collected by the local council and converted into energy.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob stated the Barnett Government provided $500,000 towards the Biogass Renewables' Jandakot Facility.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the scheme could be introduced without a "slop bucket".

"There is an additional cost (for implementing this system), but the increasing cost of landfill is making other methods such as composting and waste to energy more competitive," he said.

"My view is that Perth needs consistency across local government areas and the State Government needs to take a stronger role in the transition towards more composting and recycling."
- Mayor Brad Pettitt

The Barnett Government invested $20 million into the Better Bins program, which urged local governments to enforce a three-bin system to collect general waste, co-mingled recyclables and green/organic waste.

Hopefully this back-to-the-future style of energy will happen!

Check out these other posts on food waste:

Your food waste could be turned into an indestructible material with environmental benefits

Food waste issues when travelling and how to avoid them

5 (More) Kitchen Scraps for Regrowing Vegetables and Reducing Food Waste

Bowls made out of food waste

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What you can do

Reduce food waste by managing it better everyday!

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