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As Muslims we are instructed not to waste food and edibles. In today’s world of consumerism, food is often wasted tremendously in fast food restaurants when it gets cold, in bakeries and super markets all over when the expiry is passed. This initiative is a wonderful way to reuse this “waste” and make something useful from it.

Pies to petrol biofuels scheme launched

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A company is to start transforming spoiled pies into fuel in a drive to cut waste and tackle rising fuels prices.

Greenergy will, from today (May 6), start taking the oil from unsold pies, pasties, crisps and other food waste to use for biodiesel production.

Half-Eaten Pie

The company announced it has begun producing biodiesel from food waste in a partnership with Brocklesby.

Investment of around £50 million has seen Greenergy’s biodiesel production facility in Immingham on the east coast of England updated to process used cooking oils, which are more complicated to deal with than oils like rapeseed.

To extend its use of waste-based biofuel even further the company is now making biodiesel from high fat solid foods such as pies, sausage rolls, pastries and crisps which are not fit for sale because they are mis-shapen, overcooked or past their sell by date.

These food products, which typically contain between 25% and 30% oil and fat, are sourced from a variety of food manufacturers nationally.

The oils and fats in these foods are extracted through a novel process developed by Brocklesby and are then further purified by Greenergy.

Only then are the oils and fats clean enough to be suitable for conversion into biodiesel.

Greenergy chief executive, Andrew Owens, said: “The quantities of biodiesel we’re currently producing from solid food waste are small, but we’re expecting to scale up so this soon becomes a significant proportion of our biodiesel.

“To put it into context, just one of these new facilities could handle enough waste pies or crisps to fill a cruise ship.

“With multiple plants, the potential for this kind of technology to reduce fuel emissions is considerable.”

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Aly is an entrepreneur who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. He has been associated with many diverse fields such as Textiles, Cement, Minerals & Ores, Feeds and Agri-Commodities. As a Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, and Hypnotist, he works with clients to reach the Next Level in their personal and professional lives, to breakthrough performance blocks, self-doubts, or habits that limit them from reaching their true potential. Send him a message to find out more. Known on Social Media as DiscoMaulvi, he serves in operational and advisory roles for LiveDeen and Azaan Institute. He is also a co-founder and trustee of Ihsaas Trust, a not-for-profit started in 2012 with a vision to improve social mobility for Karachi’s under-privileged. Our distinguishing factor is the efficient utilization of Sadaqah and Zakat for healthcare and rations and to provide micro-finance for Enterprise Facilitation. Aly joined the team of MM in 2011 as a blogger/writer and is currently the Team Lead for the Comments Team and a former member of the Executive Shurah. He is easily accessible via Twitter or through his Public Page on Facebook where you can learn more about him.

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  1. theoriginalfish

    June 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Inspirational move and renewable. It’s better than throwing it away – but perhaps limiting all that energy spent making excess food in the first place is a better way to go.

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