Mayor unveils plans to turn London's food waste into fuel

Boris Johnson has announced plans for a group to work together to convert the capital's food waste into eco-fuel.

Boris Johnson mayor of London

Boris Johnson mayor of London

The mayor of London, who made the announcement at Futuresource at London's Excel this week, spoke of his hopes of creating a 'London Food Waste Alliance' to stop the huge amount of wasted food in the capital.

Mr Johnson, who also attacked the RMT for the tube strike on the day of his speech, said: "This morning did you eat every last drop of milk you poured on your coco pops.

Watch the mayor make the announcement at Futuresource.

"Because if you didn't you contributed to the 3m tonnes of food waste that London is producing annually, 60% of which goes to landfill which I think is a scandal.

"If we collected all this food waste, if we either composted it or used it for the generation of clean power sources in some way we would save 500,000 tonnes of co2 annually that is the domestic output of 100,000 london homes.

"It is a huge huge prize and a huge opportunity and that is why we're launching the London Waste to Fuel Alliance."

Mr Johnson added that he hoped to deliver 'five exemplar new bio-fuel' plants in the capital by 2012.

Luke Walsh


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