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Oils not lost on local business

13
May
2010

Keen recyclers in Surrey can now add another waste material to their list after a local company has launched a new used cooking oil recycling scheme across the region.

Green energy company Living Fuels, part of the Guildford registered group Renewable Energy Generation, now provide used cooking oil recycling facilities at 14 household waste recycling sites across the region. All cooking oil collected at the sites is refined into a biofuel and used to create electricity.

Daniel Gillert, commercial manager for Living Fuels, said: “many people don’t realise that thousands of tonnes of used cooking oil are poured down the drain each year, costing UK rate payers around £15 million to clean up. By recycling your used cooking oil, you’re not only helping to solve this problem but also making use of what was previously a waste material.”

The oil tanks were installed by Living Fuels in partnership with Surrey County Council and Surrey Waste Management with the aim of further reducing the amount of waste products going into landfill.

Daniel continued: “Once refined the biofuel, named ‘LF100’, has huge potential, just one litre generates enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea, whilst one tonne provides enough to power the average home for an entire year. Using this process to create electricity vastly reduces carbon emissions, meaning that everyone can play a part in building Britain’s renewable energy future.”

Gareth Swain, regional manager at Surrey Waste Management, added: “Surrey residents are already recycling more than 30 different materials at our community recycling centres across the county and we are always looking for new ways to divert more material from landfill.I’m delighted to be able to add used cooking oil to the list of materials that can be recycled at our facilities in Surrey.”

To find your nearest community recycling centre visit www.surreycc.gov.uk or for more information on the used cooking oil recycling process, visit www.livingfuels.co.uk .