British grocer Waitrose has teamed up with CNG Fuels to launch a delivery truck fleet powered by food waste. The fleet of 10 trucks will run on 100 percent renewable biomethane, which costs 40 percent less than diesel.
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Food waste has always been something of a bugbear with Waitrose, an upscale British grocer that stopped shoveling its leftovers into the landfill as early as 2012. It even packages some of its fusilli pasta in boxes made, in part, from recycled food scraps, which it says reduces the use of virgin tree pulp by 15 percent while lowering greenhouse-gas emissions by a fifth. But Waitrose wants to take the issue further, both literally and figuratively. The supermarket just announced that it’ll be running its delivery trucks entirely on biomethane gas generated from food waste, becoming the first company in Europe to do so.