A pilot sustainable energy project in Lincolnshire aims to use grass cuttings from county roadsides to generate heat and electricity.
The cuttings will be removed using a specially-designed harvester machine and they will be taken to a local anaerobic digestion plant. They are currently left in situ and rot down.
The trial presents a number of opportunities for both the county council and local businesses whilst providing a sustainable solution to the disposal of verge cuttings.
Eddy Poll, executive member for commercial and environmental management at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “In addition to the potential to help generate sustainable heat and electricity, there are a number of advantages to removing the waste cuttings from verges.
“There would be potential for more frequent verge cutting and reduced costs, as well as more biodiverse road side verges which are more pleasant to look at.”
The trial begins this week and will run until the end of September, with the grass verge harvester being used around Horncastle and Coningsby.