A Sainsbury’s superstore is being powered directly by its own food waste, the first time a retailer has come off the National Grid to power a store.
The store at Cannock, Staffordshire, already sends all its food waste to the UK’s largest anaerobic digestion plant.
The facility, run by Biffa, turns food waste into bio methane gas, which is then used to generate electricity.
But now, a 1.5km cable has been installed linking the plant to the nearby superstore.
This allows Sainsbury’s to receive electricity directly from the plant.