A council has launched a recycling scheme which will convert food waste into electricity.
It has been rolled out in 12,000 homes which will produce around one million kilos of food waste a year to turn into power.
By 2011 the scheme is expected to take in all 66,000 properties in the East Devon district council area.
Extra staff will have to be brought in when the scheme is operating right across the council area.
Council waste manager Paul Deakin said the aim was to raise the authority’s recycling rate from nearly 22% to 50% or even higher.
The waste – including meat, fish, bones vegetables and dairy products – will be taken to a biogas plant to produce a gas which will help produce electricity for the National Grid.
The scheme, the first in Devon, will also help reduce the amount of waste put into landfill.