Bridgend County Borough residents who use the humble frying pan can now turn their waste oil into electricity thanks to an innovative cooking oil recycling scheme new to the area.
Living Fuels, part of AIM listed Renewable Energy Generation, has supplied used cooking oil recycling facilities at four household amenity and recycling centres in Bridgend County Borough.All cooking oil collected at the sites is refined into a biofuel and used to create electricity in dedicated generators.
Daniel Gillert, commercial manager for Living Fuels, said: "Many people don’t realise that thousands of tonnes of used cooking oil is 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 Bridgend County Borough Council and May Gurney Infrastructure Services with the aim of further reducing the amount of waste products going into landfill.
Daniel continued: "Once refined, the biofuel “LF100”, has huge potential – just one litre generates enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea, while 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."
Councillor John Spanswick, cabinet member for Communities at Bridgend County Borough Council, added: "Bridgend County Borough Council is committed towards making the area a cleaner, greener place for people to live, work and visit.
“The waste cooking oil facilities complement our recently launched new household recycling collections and will help us to achieve our aims while offering residents more choice in the types of material that can be recycled locally.”
Bridgend County Borough’s household amenity and recycling centres are located at Heol Ty Gwyn Industrial Estate in Maesteg, Penllwyngwent Industrial Estate in Ogmore Vale, Davies Bros Waste in Tythegston and Brynmenyn Industrial Estate in Brynmenyn.All recycling centres are currently open from 8.30am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 6.30pm weekends.
For more information on the used cooking oil recycling process, visit www.livingfuels.co.uk .