Coverage of this story appeared in the Reading Post , February 2010.
Finished cooking your chips?
If so, don’t throw out the used fat – you can now take it to be recycled instead.
Household Waste Recycling Centres at Smallmead in Reading and Longshot Lane in Bracknell have now got tanks that will take cooking oil and turn it into clean electricity.
Each tank can hold 1,000 litres, which will produce enough electricity to power an average household for a whole year.
The oil tanks were installed by Living Fuels – part of the British Group Renewable Energy Generation – in partnership with re3, the partnership between Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Councils and Waste Recycling Group (WRG) which aims to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and increase recycling over a 25 year period.
Cllr Rob Stanton, chair of the re3 board, said: " Cooking oil can be a real problem when poured away into the drainage system.
“I’m delighted that re3 has come up trumps with an efficient and innovative system to deal with this problem and I encourage as many residents as possible to use it.”
Residents who want to find out more can now access re3’s newlydesigned website at www.re3.org.uk .