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Rebecca Wayman

Food waste recycling firm rolls out new fleet of biomethane gas trucks

Food waste recycling company and sustainability firm, Warrens Group has announced another ‘first’ for the industry and the region.

As a third generation family business of over 70 years standing, Warrens has grown to become one of the region’s foremost providers of agricultural and food waste recycling services.

The company is now aiming to take on delivery of the first of a new fleet of trucks powered by biomethane gas - making it the first food waste recycling company in the UK to power its HGV waste collection vehicles with biogas converted directly from its own food waste customers.

Warrens’ director, Antony Warren, said: “As a company, we pride ourselves on our forward-thinking, we’ve always been early adopters of the latest technology and methods.

“Our fundamental purpose is to collect waste and convert it into energy, so we’ve been looking for a biogas-powered vehicle for a while - it was just a question of finding the right one.”

To achieve this objective, Warrens Group collaborated with IVECO, a designer and manufacturer of natural power vehicles.

Antony added: “We knew IVECO was at the forefront of the technology, and the team there were brilliant in helping us to understand the advantages of natural gas - working with us to specify the perfect vehicle and supplying it faster than any other manufacturer we spoke to.”

The new biomethane-powered truck will be in operation six days a week, with refueling carried out at Warrens Group’s on-site facility at Newton Aycliffe.

This means it will be seen collecting food waste from a wide range existing Warrens customers including pubs, restaurants, schools and supermarkets across the region.

Another Warrens’ director, Adam Warren, added: “We firmly believe that a sustainable business is a better business. Sustainability is something we advocate to all organisations and communities, as we support their efforts to address the environmental issues caused by traditional methods of waste disposal.

“By powering our own fleet on the biogas it collects, we’re demonstrating that when it comes to sustainability, we really do practice what we preach.”

Gas industry expert and managing director of CNG Services, concluded: “The acquisition of trucks that are powered by the biomethane gas they help to generate means CO2 emissions are reduced by almost 100 per cent - which could very possibly give Warrens Group the lowest carbon footprint for collection of food waste on the planet.”

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