North East businesses go green

North East businesses go green

Businesses across the North East are leading the way for a green revolution after joining an initiative to help recycle 100,000 tonnes of the region's food waste by the end of 2016.

A Michelin-starred restaurant, a popular shopping centre, 200 local schools and one of the region's most popular wedding venues are just some of the organisations backing the Food Fuel scheme.

The scheme is the creation of award-winning County Durham waste management firm Warrens, and has already attracted a high-profile list of members, including: 

  • Michelin-starred restaurant, The Raby Hunt
  • Matfen Hall Hotel and Spa
  • Taylor Shaw
  • Manor Walks shopping centre
    • Each of them has signed up to Food Fuel and committed to recycling all their food waste.

      The Food Fuel initiative allows businesses to help generate clean and green energy for the North East and divert their food waste from landfill.

      Adam Warren, co-owner and director of Warrens, said: "Food Fuel has been developed to help businesses large and small commit to a sustainable future.

      “By the end of 2016 we want to help Food Fuel members recycle 100,000 tonnes of North East food waste - that's enough to power 4,000 homes a year.

      "Waste is our business and being able to put our systems and infrastructure to work in helping reduce the region's carbon footprint makes sense.”

      All the food waste collected is converted into green energy at the Emerald Biogas (Warrens' sister company) anaerobic digestion plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

      Warrens currently collects 50,000 tonnes of food waste from across the North East and converts it into energy - enough to power 2,000 homes.