Whey to go: Cheese company’s waste to heat 4000 homes

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The Wensleydale Creamery – creators of animated TV duo Wallace & Gromit’s favourite cheese – is set to heat thousands of Yorkshire homes with the waste whey produced in the cheese-making process.

The Guardian reports the cheese producer will supply its whey waste to a local bioenergy plant, the Leeming biogas facility, which will then produce enough biogas to provide heating for 4,000 homes.

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Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained.

The plant currently runs on ice cream waste using anaerobic digestion to produce the biogas.

The announcement comes days after UK Prime Minister Theresa May legislated the UK’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. A big part of this will be reducing the amount of food waste that goes into landfill and rots, producing methane.

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Managing director of the Wensleydale Creamery David Hartley said the project would bring sustainable environmental and economic benefits to the region.

“The whole process of converting local milk to premium cheese and then deriving environmental and economic benefit from the natural by-products is an essential part of our business plan as a proud rural business,” he said.

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