The £500,000 of funding will go towards the £5m cost of creating the anaerobic digestion system to power about 10% of the factory.

Food made at the R F Brookes plant in Rogerstone, near Newport, will be supplied to a host of top names in the retail and hospitality sector, including Marks and Spencer.

The plant will convert food waste left over from the production of ready meals to provide heat and power for the processing plant and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 7500 tonnes a year.

The scheme was announced by Jane Davidson, Welsh minister for the environment, sustainability and housing yesterday (22 April).

She said: “Food waste is a major challenge for us all and it is vital that as well as minimising the amount of waste we create, we reduce the amount of that waste that goes to landfill.

“This project will be a wonderful example of turning of food waste into clean, renewable energy.”

Luke Walsh

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