Thursday, 24 July 2008

Japan recycling more leftovers for animal feed

SAKURA, Japan: With prices for animal feed and fertilizer at record highs, Japan's food-recycling industry is seeing greater demand than ever before for pellets for pigs and poultry made from recycled leftovers.
Japan disposes of about 20 million tons of food waste a year, five times as much as world food aid to the poor in 2007. The leftovers used to be dumped in landfills where they decomposed and produced methane, a greenhouse gas.
But government legislation since 2001 has helped stimulate a recycling industry that turns food scraps into animal feed and fertilizer or ships leftovers to facilities where the methane gas produced by rotting food is harnessed to power industrial plants.

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