LFC goes green with new biogas venture


Ludlow Food Centre has teamed up with a new local business to transform their food waste in to renewable energy.

The centre is working closely with Woofferton-based firm Lutra Ltd., owned by local businessman Michael Chesshire, after a successful pilot scheme which started in February.

To date, Lutra Ltd. has taken more than 20 tonnes of food waste from Ludlow Food Centre, producing enough biomethane to run a small van for 17,000 miles.

However, Michael currently puts the gas towards a number of different uses, including heating the on-site digester, the local district heating scheme – and even heating his own Aga oven.

Rose Moore, Operations Manager at Ludlow Food Centre, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to build on what Ludlow Food Centre is really about.

“We are very much a local business, producing much of what we sell on site, so to work so closely with a new company builds on our ethic of supporting local businesses and is mutually beneficial.

“As a large business, we always aim to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible, and keeping our landfill waste low is a huge part of that.

“We really look forward to seeing how Michael uses our food waste over the next 12 months, and how our relationship can develop as the business goes from strength to strength.”

Michael said: “This is still a small project, but it has the potential to get much bigger.

“We were initially dealing with waste from local farms, but then saw the opportunity to work with businesses such as Ludlow Food Centre and a number of local pubs and restaurants.

“We’re currently doing collections across these companies twice a week.

“The success of our partnership with Ludlow Food Centre demonstrates there is a big future for small ideas.”

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