CITY food waste is to be turned into electricity and fertiliser at a new Biogen renewable energy plant in Aberdare.

Wastesavers, the firm that handles Newport’s waste, is calling on more residents to separate their food scraps from their rubbish to create electricity and reduce smells in domestic refuse, particularly in flats.

Penny Goodwin, chief executive of Wastesavers, said: “This is good news that we have found such a local destination for the food waste coming out of Newport.

“Residents can be assured that all the food waste we collect is now being turned into biogas, creating electricity and high quality fertiliser.”

Last month Wastesavers collected more than 430 tonnes of food waste from homes and businesses in Newport.

Phil Hurst, marketing officer with Wastesavers, said: “Almost 70 per cent of households in Newport now recycle their kitchen left overs and food waste. But it’s not so high in flats, despite the advantages of reducing smells in communal rubbish areas.”

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