U.K.’s Trash Becomes Biofuel Treasure

Efforts to turn waste into energy are increasing around world, and booming in the United Kingdom. Supermarkets especially are investing in biogas technologies, or at least shipping their waste to renewable energy plants, according to a Bloomberg report.

Government subsidies and requirements play a part in encouraging the purchase of clean energy, but so do the hefty landfill taxes. The U.K. garbage tax, which was £64 (about US $100) per ton in April, increases by £8 every year. For the large supermarket chains, that fee adds up, as do their heavy energy bills. Executives agree that reducing energy costs is just good business, and that means renewable energy—and the government energy credits that go with it….

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