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Britain turning food waste into fuel

LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- British companies launched a plan to convert commercial food waste to gas to generate enough energy to meet the yearly demands of more than 1,000 homes.

British Gas and Bio Group, a company working on bioremediation technology, announced they've signed a deal to build a facility in Stockport, England, to convert commercial food waste into gas.

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The facility would process food waste from local hotels, restaurants and some of the offices of British Gas to generate enough gas to meet the demands of 1,400 households each year, the companies said.

British Gas said the gas produced by the decomposition of food waste is close enough to conventional natural gas that it can be injected straight into the consumer grid with little processing.

Greg Barker, the British climate change minister, said the plans were an important step in his country's efforts to advance a green economy.

"This project shows how recycling waste that would otherwise go to landfill is not only good for the environment, but can also play a vital role in meeting people's everyday energy needs," added Gearoid Lane, a managing director at British Gas, in a statement.

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The $8.1 million facility, to be built on an old landfill, will open in April 2012.

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