A new bus that runs on the food waste it collects from commercial businesses in Bristol has been launched.
Bio-Bee collects and takes the food waste to GENeco’s anaerobic digestion plant in Avonmouth, where it is processed and turned into biogas or low carbon electricity for homes and communities.
The biogas is either used to produce renewable electricity or converted to biomethane – which can be used as a fuel in the Bio-Bee and other vehicles or supplied to local homes.
GENeco, Wessex Water’s renewable energy firm in Avonmouth, says only one full bin of food waste is needed to power the Bio-Bee for 25 miles.
It adds the truck produces 90% less harmful pollutants than similar diesel vehicles, helping reduce emissions.
Boston Tea Party and St Monica Trust care homes are among the first firms to sign up to the food waste collection service.
Charlotte Stamper, Project Manager at GENeco said: “We are delighted to be able to offer customers a UK first – collecting their food waste using a vehicle running from their food waste.
“This clean fuel helps to improve Bristol’s air quality and creates a sustainable circular economy for the client’s operations.”