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The 40 seater Bio-Bus started active duty in the UK yesterday.

Powered by food waste and human poo, this is a first for the UK.

The bus runs on gas generated by Bristol sewage works, created from food waste and the treatment of sewage. In fact, a range of 300km can be achieved from the annual waste of around five people.


Whilst this may not be a pleasant thought, it is a renewable and sustainable energy option. It is achieved through the process anaerobic digestion. Powering buses by using the gas created improves air quality as fewer emissions are produced, (compared with diesel engines).

The service is run by Bath Bus Company and is currently used to take passengers from Bristol Airport to Bath via South Bristol.

Bath Bus Company’s Collin Field told BBC Bristol: “With so much attention being directed towards improving air quality generally, the public reaction to the appearance of this bus on a service between a world heritage city and an airport will further focus on the potential for this particular fuel.”

He said the bus was being launched at a very “appropriate” time, as Bristol is to become the European Green Capital next year.

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