London airports produce record amount of energy from food waste

Written by: Editorial staff | Published:
Huw Crampton, Tidy Planet sales manager

Heathrow and Gatwick airports are now producing 22,500kW of heat per day from their food waste.

Previously, 2,200 tonnes of 'high risk' food and packaging materials from non-EU flights had to be sent to hazardous waste incinerators.

Yet the airports' biomass combustion systems, developed by Tidy Planet, can now treat the waste safely on-site.

Tidy Planet estimates that when coupled with onsite MRFs, the technology is saving approximately £1000 per day in fuel, transport and waste management costs.

Simon Webb, managing director of Tidy Planet, said: "The design process [of the biomass combustion systems] took almost five years.

"It's great to see such a high demand for systems that maximise the value of limited resources."

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