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The search for alternative fuel is a challenge but what if we only had to look as far as the contents of our bins?
Over the course of a lifetime, a person throws away the equivalent of 14.5 school buses of rubbish. In the UK, around 7.3 million tonnes of food are wasted each year, costing £13 billion.
Most of this is put in landfill or incinerated, usually contaminated by grease and oils, which can damage recycling equipment.
Dr Ahmed Osman of Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a pioneering way to convert your rubbish into a biofuel catalyst, which could help to solve global waste and energy problems.