London: A British green fuel firm has announced its plans to make biodiesel from Cornish pasties to power cars.
Oil contained in pasties, pies, crisps and other food waste that would otherwise have gone to landfill is to be extracted by Greenergy and blended with diesel, ready to be sold at petrol stations across Britain.
The company, which produces 10 billion litres of biodiesel and diesel annually, is investing 50million pounds in its production facility in Immingham, Lincolnshire, to process used cooking oils which can make up to 30 per cent of some processed foods.
“We``ve always tried to find ways of reducing the environmental impact of our fuel and as oil prices continue to rise, it``s obviously important to develop alternative sources of fuel,” the Daily Mail quoted Andrew Owens, Greenergy``s chief executive as saying.
“The quantities of biodiesel that we``re currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we``re expecting to scale up so that this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel.
“It``s great to be taking these products, which would otherwise have gone to landfill or compost, and turning them into a new source of fuel,” he said.
Greenergy is working with Brocklesby Ltd, which developed a method of extracting oil from food waste.