Minister for waste Joan Ruddock praised the anaerobic digestion plant in Ludlow - part of Defra's £30m new technologies demonstrator programme to find landfill alternatives - on a visit last week.
A representative said: "Our success is due in part to good communication with the local community. Around 70 per cent of residents take part."
The system breaks down organic matter to produce biogas as a renewable source for heat and power or as a transport fuel. The nutrient-rich material can be used as fertiliser and it keeps organic waste out of landfill.
Ruddock said: "Why throw food waste into ... the ground when we can generate our own electricity and end up with a product that can be returned to the soil?"
Defra said it was freeing up a further £10m to test the benefits of anaerobic digestion, to be delivered by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
Six projects will be selected, and bids will be invited in the autumn.
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