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2. What happens to your food recycling
How much food waste do we collect?
In 2020/21 we collected more than 5,000 tonnes of food waste.
Where does your food waste go?
Food waste is reprocessed at an anaerobic digestion plant and last year this was all within the South East of England. During the 30-day digestion process methane gas is produced and captured, then used to fuel engines that generate electricity. Fertiliser is also produced for farmers to grow crops.
In 2020/21 Surrey Eco Park and Biogen reprocessed your food waste to power more than 500 homes and the fertiliser produced was sufficient to grow crops on a 350 acre farm.